A homeware store is relocating around the corner into a larger unit that will almost double the size of the outlet.
Dunelm Mill, whose products include bedding, furniture and lighting, is moving from its current location on the Greyhound Retail Park into the former Halfords store fronting Sealand Road.
The current unit is 16,000sq ft which will go up to 30,000sq ft in the new store which is provisionally due to open around next March following a major conversion of the new unit.
The store will include a Pausa coffee shop which Dunelm says will offer ‘a wide range of delicious food and drink at fantastic value’ with facilities for young families such as easy buggy access, a changing area and flasks for warming baby's bottle.
There will be an extended fabric department with a made to measure service and a wider range of electrical appliances.
A company spokeswoman said: “The reason for the move is because we need more space. We want to offer more to customers in the area – provide a better offering and service. We are looking at March for the opening but it could be later.”
She confirmed the current store will close once the new shop is up-and-running. Currently at 35 members of staff, Dunelm will be looking to take on a further 20 permanent staff and 30 temporary staff for the opening trade period.
Dunelm was founded in 1979 by Bill and Jean Adderley, selling curtains on a Leicester market stall. The business developed into a successful chain of high street shops in the Midlands specialising in soft furnishings and other homeware. Today the major focus is out-of-town retailing.
In 2010, the retailer opened its 100th store in Liverpool. Dunelm aims to grow its portfolio to 220 superstores in the medium term.