Big discount store set to open
A NEW store is to open in The Galleries shopping centre that could create 30 jobs.
As reported in The Post the new 99p store will be based on the third floor.
The shopping centre has undergone a major £3 million revamp to make way for the new arrival.
The bargain shop wanted a large space and the layout of the Galleries was changed to make room. The food court on the third floor was moved and new toilets installed.
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The rapidly expanding 99p chain was launched just over ten years ago and now has more than 200 stores across the UK. The latest store is due to open on Monday, November 19, in time for the Christmas rush. The existing 99p Store in Knowle was one of the earliest branches in the UK.
There are 208 UK branches in the country, while 11 years ago there was just one.
"We are delighted to be announcing a 100 per cent increase in our presence in the city and a 0 per cent increase in our prices," Hussein Lalani, boss of the firm, said.
Typically around 5,000 different products are sold at each of the firm's stores – with 99p products extending from groceries to gardening, baby-wear to biscuits, food to drink, cosmetics to chilled food.
The value brand prides itself on selling just about everything from 99p fishing lines to pregnancy kits – garden gnomes to books.
Mr Lalani added: "We are thrilled to be doubling our presence in Bristol. The city is extremely close to our hearts as we opened up very early in our retail journey.
"We conduct constant research and feedback. The public in Bristol is telling us it has become 'cool' to shop at 99p Stores which we are delighted about too. This is a trend across all the UK. Telling people what you save on your weekly shop has become a national passion."
Colin Lang, centre manager at The Galleries, said: "Customers expect variety and value when they shop which is why this is a perfect addition to the range of stores here at The Galleries. The opening comes after the launch of the new food court and shoppers have told us how much the improvements have added to their enjoyment and as everyone loves a bargain, there's now even more reason than ever to spend time here."