CHESTERFIELD: Morrisons jobs boost is music to town’s ears

Morrisons staff Luke Terry, Ben Barnes, Andy Powers and Julie Martin.
Morrisons staff Luke Terry, Ben Barnes, Andy Powers and Julie Martin.

Scores of jobs will be created when a new convenience store opens in Chesterfield next week.

A Morrisons ‘M’ Local shop is set to rise from the ashes of the former HMV premises in Vicar Lane Shopping Centre on Monday.

The national chain said the store will create 20 new jobs for the town.

The supermarket believes it has spotted a gap in the market for a convenience store which offers more fresh food as opposed to just tins and toiletries.

Shop manager Andy Powers said: “We’re looking forward to opening next week.

“Fresh food will be at the heart of what we sell and as a team we really want to make the store part of the community.

“We’d encourage all our customers and other local businesses to use the community noticeboard inside to help promote local events,” he added.

The shop will be opened by the team from Ashgate Hospice at 9am.

Store management were keen to find a local hero to help them officially cut the ribbon and the hospice was chosen because of its work in the local area.

Management will make a donation to the hospice to thank them for opening the store, which will be open between 7am and 10pm every day.

In a shock collapse, music retailer HMV entered administration at the start of the year.

The well-known name – which employed 12 members of staff at Vicar Lane Shopping Centre – was one of several high street victims to the recession recently. The 92-year-old company announced that it was entering administration after failing to agree a new deal with its banks.