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Councillor hails opening of new Wolverhampton store

By Jamie Brassington | Wolverhampton | Business | Published:

A senior councillor has hailed the opening of a new kitchen showroom in a Black Country city.

Councillor Stephen Simkins with sales manager Tony Philips, national sales director Tofiq Malik and manager Jag Mall

Councillor Stephen Simkins, cabinet member for cityeEconomy, said the new Wren Kitchens store will bring much-needed footfall and jobs to Wolverhampton.

Wren Kitchens opened its new store at St Johns Retail Park, in Wolverhampton, on Friday, becoming the firm's 95th store to open nationwide. It is expected to create 20 jobs.

Hailing the arrival of the new store, he said: "I am really impressed with the new store and I welcome its opening.

"It is another new business coming to Wolverhampton and creating jobs for the city.

"We want to encourage as many people as possible to come to Wolverhampton."

Councillor Simkins asked representatives of the firm why it had chosen to open up a new store in Wolverhampton, to which he was told: "They said it is an upbeat city. There are a number of developments going on."

It has become the firm's second store to open in the Black Country, with one already in operation at Merry Hill Retail Park, in Brierley Hill, Dudley.

Despite the challenging financial circumstances at the moment caused by coronavirus, Councillor Simkins says this new store sends a real message about Wolverhampton's positive future.

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"Hopefully, this is just the start," he said.

"The fact that a company is opening up a new store while we are in the middle of a pandemic, that's the story to be fair."

He added: "There was a good amount PPE there on show and they had everything clearly marked out."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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