A major garden and homeware retailer in England and Wales is to open its first stores in Scotland, with plans for upwards of 300 jobs being created this year.
Initially, The Range will open two stores in Scotland. These will be in Aberdeen and Glasgow, with 150 full and part-time jobs being created in each store.
In Aberdeen, the new superstore will be located where the Amadeus nightclub used to be. The firm which owns the Queens Links Leisure Park site welcomed the news.
The senior portfolio manager of X-Leisure, Mark Lomax, said:
“We are delighted to have attracted a major UK retailer to Aberdeen and are confident their offering would be a great fit with the existing leisure and food outlets at Queens Links Leisure Park.”
The Glasgow store will take over the former Wickes store site on London Road.
Other sites across Scotland have been earmarked by the firm for development too, though no details have been released.
The news will come as a boost to the Scottish retail sector, which has suffered badly in recent years. However, with many firms working with an asset finance broker to help boost cash flow, and a growing consumer confidence, there are signs the trouble could be waning.
The firm presently has over 75 stores in England and Wales, and has enjoyed a sustained period of growth over recent years.
Larger numbers of people are said to be focusing spending on their homes and gardens, rather than holidaying abroad or moving to new properties.