NEW businesses moving into Sunderland will cook up fresh job opportunities.
Ed’s Easy Diner and Muffin Break are set to open in The Bridges.
Retro-style restaurant Ed’s will bring up to 20 full-time and 10 part-time jobs when it opens in the former Build-A-Bear Workshop.
The restaurant is expected to open in late September and wants to recruit young and disadvantaged people into the available roles.
It is not known how many jobs Muffin Break will create when it opens a kiosk outside HMV.
Harlan Pollitt, portfolio manager at Land Securities, which manages the shopping centre, said: “The team at The Bridges is always keen to improve the centre experience for our customers and we’re really pleased to confirm the launch of both Ed’s Easy Diner and Muffin Break, creating a significant number of jobs collectively.
“Both of these outlets are great additions to The Bridges and demonstrate our commitment to developing the centre’s food and beverage offer.”
Andrew Guy, chief executive of Ed’s Easy Diner, said: “The Bridges shopping centre is the perfect location for our diner.
“We are working with Springboard, a charity which helps us employ young, unemployed or disadvantaged people from the local Sunderland community into a career in hospitality.”
Anne Pierce, chief executive officer of Springboard, said: “We are pleased to be working with Ed’s and the local community for this opening in Sunderland at The Bridges shopping centre, to employ people into a great career in hospitality.”
A spokeswoman for Build-A-Bear Workshop said: “Build-A-Bear Workshop has made the very difficult decision to close its Sunderland store. The decision was part of a strategy to support the company’s growth while adapting to changes in the economy and to an evolving marketplace.”
People interested in working for Ed’s can apply via www.careerscope.uk.net/meet-employers/restaurants/item/eds-easy-diner.