New foreign currency exchange desk opens in Sunderland shopping centre

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THE latest opening at The Bridges makes for a pleasant change.

Five jobs have been created with the opening of a new foreign exchange.

Eurochange, one of Britain’s biggest foreign exchange providers, is continuing its expansion across the North East with its second opening in the region this year, adding to existing branches in Newcastle, Darlington, Durham, Middlesbrough and Stockton.

Eurochange UK managing director Giles Custerson said: “Our new branch in Sunderland helps us to achieve our goals which are to make it convenient and easy for our customers to obtain good-value travel money and specialist travel money products and services.

“With our new branch being inside a shopping centre that attracts 26million shoppers every year, we are making foreign exchange services more convenient for more people.”

Established in 1975, Eurochange is FSA registered for its payments business, and sends money via the same banking systems that high street banks use, to ensure money arrives safely and securely. The firm now operates in 88 shopping centres and high streets across the UK, and handled more than one million customer transactions last year alone.

The new opening is the latest in a series of high-profile announcements by The Bridges.

Centre boss Andy Bradley is predicting a bumper Christmas after news that the new Primark in High Street West – originally scheduled to open next year – will be up and running next month and has already starting recruiting to fill dozens of jobs.

“It is fabulous, especially coming so soon after Superdry opening,” he said. “It is a great result.

“Primark will be a huge boost to trade. We are going to be attracting more people and from further afield.”

American donut chain Krisphy Kreme had shoppers queuing out of the centre doors as it gave away thousands of free samples at the weekend, ahead of the opening of a new store in The Bridges later this month.

The firm is creating another 15 jobs in the centre in a move Bridges bosses predict will also prove a major draw.

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