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The Range opens new Gloucester store on Friday

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

  • Workers prepare the shelves for Friday's opening

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With 65,000 products on its shelves, bosses at The Range are hoping their new store in Gloucester will be a popular draw.

The new store on Eastern Avenue replaces the former What! store and, before that, Focus DIY store, and it comes into direct competition with the neighbouring B&M Bargains store.

Set across 45,000 sq ft, the chain of stores is quickly expanding across the country - it has around 100 stores and another 25 are expected to open this year.

It was set up by Chris Dawson as a market stall. He is now a self-made millionaire who flies around in a helicopter. Mr Dawson is expected to visit the Gloucester in the coming weeks to check out his latest store.

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Some 80 full time and part time jobs have been created at the store which opens on Friday at 9am.

Store manager Dave Jones said: "I am very excited about the opening. It will offer something different for Gloucester and I think it will be a real destination store.

"The customers will be blown away when they walk in."

Project manager Mark Gosling added: "I like to think of The Range as the working man's John Lewis. We stock many of the same products, only cheaper."

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  • meymey  |  April 10 2014, 8:28PM

    and what an arrogant head office team they have customer disservice rather than customer service

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  • NibNobs  |  April 10 2014, 1:53PM

    Nothing new here for Gloucester....we already have 'Home Sense' at St. Oswalds, a Dunelm at Westgate Island, our huge B&Q sells homewares, so does Homebase and all the many supermarkets do.

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  • GrumblingNora  |  April 10 2014, 1:13PM

    Something 'different' for Gloucester? On the old site of defunct 'What!' bargain store and close to rival 'B&M Bargains', a cut-price John Lewis bargain store, just a few miles from the Cheltenham one that has been going for donkey's years. What makes any of that something 'new'? Having said that, good luck to them - but it won't get me flooding over to Eastern Avenue personally.

  • SandraPee  |  April 10 2014, 7:54AM

    Another option for out of town shopping . It would be interesting to know the ratio of full time to part time jobs . People are crying out for full time jobs .

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