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New Wolverhampton Debenhams: 70 new jobs on the way at new Mander Centre store

By Jessica Labhart | Wolverhampton | Business | Published:

More than 70 new jobs are up for grabs at the Mander Centre's Debenhams with bosses revealing it will open in October.

Artist impressions of Debenhams in the Mander Centre

The 65,000 sq ft Debenhams store is in the process of recruiting a new team to join its ranks.

There are a variety of different careers on offer, including visual, stockroom and merchandise assistant roles and sales advisors.

The store is the centre piece of the Mander Centre's massive £35 million revamp in the city.

The newly appointed manager, Alison Young, said: "We have a fantastic selection of careers on offer at our new store.

"Those that are successful and chosen to work at our Wolverhampton store will receive five weeks' introductory training, in addition to continual development throughout their career, all to ensure they have the very best skills and are developed to their full potential.

“The team and I can’t wait to open our doors in October, and look forward to welcoming the Wolverhampton community in to store.”

Contractors Bowmer & Kirkland have now put the finishing touches to structural work on the four-floor building, which occupies the site of the former TJ Hughes and Tesco outlets.

The site is undergoing a 17-week interior fit-out to transform the empty shell. There will then be a two-week period to bring in new stock before the shop's grand opening in October.

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Work started on the new Debenhams branch in January last year. It will feature three floors of retail and a food court, along with underground and roof level car parks and three separate entrances.

Councillor Milkinder Jaspal, Labour councillor for Heath Town, said: "I absolutely welcome these new jobs and I hope local people will apply for them.

"These are real, permanent and flexible jobs with real prospects for people.

"This no only boosts the economy but is part of the wider regeneration plans for the city."

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Ninder Johal, board member of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) also welcomed the news.

He said: "Despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit the region is continuing to flourish.

"This shows that Debenhams has real faith in the city, especially after the City Council was voted the best in the UK recently.

"This shows what happens when you habe strong links between the public and private sector and is just part of sure of a lot more good news to come."

Those interested in applying for a role at the store should visit: http://debenhams-careers.com/join.

Jessica Labhart

By Jessica Labhart
@JLabhart_star

Reporter for the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton.

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