NEW jobs have been created this week as cut-price retailers moved into the city.
Poundworld Express opened a new store on Westmorland Street yesterday, creating 15 jobs.
And budget food outlet Poundbakery will open its first store in the city today. The company saw 200 people apply for 14 new positions at the bakery on Kirkgate.
Poundworld’s Express outlet is part of the launch of a new convenience store venture for the company, which was founded in 1997.
Chris Edwards Jnr, trading director at Poundworld Express, said: “Wakefield is a great city. We already have a Poundworld store at The Ridings Shopping Centre and we’re very happy to be launching our new convenience store format here too.”
Wakefield’s new Poundbakery will be the company’s 50th UK shop to open in 12 months after the company expanded into Yorkshire and the North West.
Area manager Janet Waddicor said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response in terms of our job vacancies and are very much looking forward to confirming all our positions and opening our shop in Wakefield.”
Ten jobs will also be created by car dealer Harratts, which secured a deal to be the sole dealer for Kia Motors in the district its Barnsley Road showroom.
Harratts said Kia Wakefield would move into a dedicated showroom next month. Managing director Shaun Harratt said: “We’re delighted to announce the latest manufacturer to join our ranks as the business continues to expand.”
But jobs are still under threat at clothes retailer Bonmarche despite a deal to sell the business.
Staff at the chain’s shop on Westmorland Street, and headquarters at Grange Moor could be among those facing redundancy.
The company, which appointed administrators KPMG last week, has been taken over by Asian firm Sun European.
The deal was announced after talks were launched to save the business. The company is said to be preparing to axe 1,400 jobs UK wide and close 160 outlets, leaving 230 open.
A KPMG spokeswoman said there was no further information on job losses.
A spokesman for the Union of Shop, Adinstrative and Allied Workers (Usdaw) said any members should contact their local union official as soon as possible.