A major department store retailer has confirmed it will be opening a new Ripley premises in September – creating up to 30 jobs.
Bosses at Scarborough-based value chain Boyes say they have signed a lease to take over the former arcade at Knightsbridge Place, Nottingham Road.
The one time home to the Co-operative group’s central offices is to be converted into a 9,000 square ft store - offering ‘virtually everything’ needed for the home and family according to managing director Andrew Boyes.
He said: “We feel that Ripley is a busy town that we can offer something a little different to -I’m sure we are going to fit in well.”
Boyes is still a family run business, which claims to be in the process of rapid expansion, currently with 47 stores mainly across the north of England.
The Ripley premises will be its first Derbyshire outlet, having previously opened up shop in nearby Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
Mr Boyes, whose great grandfather founded the company in 1881, said the firm offers a range of 30,000 products ranging from soft furnishings, to DIY materials and clothing, at ‘competitive prices’.
“The three main things we offer are value, variety and we still very much believe in customer service.” He added. “Hopefully people will be made to feel very welcome when they shop in the store and will want to come back.”
The company is to begin recruiting by the end of summer, with between 25 and 30 posts on offer.Managerial positions will also be sought .
Although Mr Boyes did not wish to speculate on the cost of the Ripley venture - he did say that the company is making a ‘substantial investment’ in the town.
He said: “As far as we are concerned we are here for the long term.
“Ripley is within striking distance of our distribution centre in Scarborough. And we feel it’s our sort of town.”
“It always looks vibrant whenever we have a walk round and we think we can make it even more of a destination.”
The news has been met with a positive initial reaction from Ripley’s traders.
Chairman of the town’s chamber of trade David Clarke, said: “We would say this is good news for the town - and it’s a good sign that people are confident about the future of Ripley.
“Most of the traders I’ve spoken to are quite positive about it as it will add a bit of vitality to an area of the town that could do with do with ‘buoying’ up a bit.”
Mr Clarke said it was also important that the former Co-op headquarters, with a rich history in Ripley, brought back into use. And as owner of Clarke’s department store on Grosvenor Road though he said he welcomes the competition with Boyes.
“I think we all wish them every success,” he added.
Leader of Ripley Town Council, Cllr Steve Freeborn said Boyes is ‘great news’ for the town.
He said: “Hopefully it’s going to bring more footfall.
“It’s another well known business with a well known brand. Having more choice in the town centre can only be a good thing.”