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Multi-million pound distribution centre to deliver hundreds of new jobs for Wigan Borough
Monday 29th June, 2015

A new multi-million pound distribution centre for a national retail chain will create hundreds of new jobs in Wigan Borough.

The new distribution centre for Poundland has the potential to create up to 800 jobs in the coming years – believed to be the single biggest jobs boost ever for Wigan Borough.

The site will be located at South Lancs Industrial Estate in Ashton-in-Makerfield, subject to planning approval, and will serve Poundland’s North West network of shops.

Councillor David Molyneux, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for economy, said: “This is fantastic news for Wigan Borough and shows why we are a major player in the creation of a Northern Powerhouse.

“We are very pro-business at Wigan Council and have worked closely with the developer db symmetry and Poundland to ensure that the plans come to fruition.

“Major investments in the borough are crucial to the local economy and will enable our local residents to access good quality jobs and new opportunities.”

The Poundland site will cover more than 30,000 square metres on the former land of Georgia Pacific, Lockett Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield.

A planning application for the site has been lodged with the council and will be decided on a date to be set.

The development will create a wide range of skilled jobs both full-time and part-time as well as apprenticeships.

Wigan was chosen by Poundland over two other areas in the North West to secure the investment.

Cllr Molyneux added: “We beat some high quality competition to land this investment and are delighted that Poundland have chosen Wigan.

“Wigan is ideally located for business between Manchester and Liverpool and is at the heart of the motorway network.

“Earlier this year we launched the Wigan Works vision to create a place where people want to invest, live, work and visit.

“The fact that we have this major development happening is a perfect example of how Wigan Works.

“This will be the largest single employment creating application that we have dealt with since the authority was formed in 1974 and in my view would rank alongside Heinz coming to Wigan in the 1950s.

“Giving people in Wigan the opportunity to access good quality jobs is a top priority of the council. We will also support young people through this development to access apprenticeships.

“The icing on the cake is that there are more positive announcements to come on the local economy.”

Poundland is the largest single price value retailer in the UK and turnover this year exceeded £1 billion. It opened its first store in 1990 and now has more than 580 stores in the UK each with a range of 3,000 items.

For more information on Wigan Works log on to www.wiganworks.com

Wigan Council’s Business Engagement team can be reached on: business@wigan.gov.uk, 01942 489190 or visit the Council’s website: www.wigan.gov.uk/businessengagement

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