LESS than six weeks after the Peacocks store closed at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre in Ellesmere Port, customers were delighted to discover the shop had reopened on Easter Saturday.
The store originally shut its doors in February, after the Peacocks Group was put into administration.
But Edinburgh Woollen Mills, the new owner of the group, later announced it hoped to reopen 75 of the 224 stores which had closed.
All the activity and discussions behind the scenes finally came to fruition this week, with staff working around the clock to get the doors open again for Easter.
The staff made jobless by the initial closure were all offered their jobs back. With two already having other commitments, a further two from the closed Birkenhead store were offered positions in the Port Arcades branch.
Les Lyon, centre manager at the Port Arcades, said: “It is excellent news that the Ellesmere Port branch of Peacocks has reopened and I know it has been much welcomed by our shoppers.
“I believe it is a sign of the faith that the new owners of the store have in the town centre as a retail destination and particularly reflects the investments that are continuing to be made in the Port Arcades.
“I was also delighted to learn that all of the staff who had been made redundant were offered their jobs back.”
Jane Parkinson, area manager for Peacocks, said: “We are so excited to be reopening and the response from our customers has been wonderfully supportive.
“We are looking forward now to a stronger and brighter future.”