The Range superstore with 16 departments, Iceland cafe and garden centre gets ready to open
The launch of a new branch of The Range is just days away, as the team behind the latest addition to the chain get ready to open its doors to its first shoppers.
The Range will open in Durham on Friday, November 22, in Dragon Lane in Gilesgate, at 9am, creating 80 new part-time and full-time jobs, from managers to warehouse workers and retail assistants.
The business will join a host of other retailers in the area, including Tesco Extra, Aldi, TK Maxx, Matalan, Lidl, Boots, Argos and B&Q.
The signs have been going up outside the new Range store and the grand opening will begin with giveaways for the first 50 people in the queue, including a star prize for the first in line.
Launch offers will run until Sunday, December 8, and free demonstrations to be held on its first three days of trade.
The store will have 16 departments, including DIY, kitchen and dining, arts and crafts and a Christmas section.
It will also have an Iceland Foods, an outdoor garden centre selling real Christmas trees and an Iceland cafe.
The firm is led by Chris Dawson, who started off his business career as a market stall trader in the south west of England before launching his first shop in Plymouth in 1989.
Mr Dawson said: “Each store plays an important part in the success of our company and Durham is no exception.
“We are delighted to be bringing a new national retailer to the town and expect to provide many benefits to the local economy with our arrival.”