Home furnishings firm, Dunelm Mill, has revealed plans to open a new store in Northampton.
The firm, which sells a large range of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen goods as well as rugs and furniture, has had a store in Wellingborough for a number of years and opened a new branch in Kettering in October last year.
The new Northampton branch will be based in the former Comet shop on the Nene Valley Retail Park in Towcester Road.
The store’s manager, Matt Mason, said: “We expect it to be quite a busy store.
“If anything, it will probably be even more busy than the Kettering and Wellingborough branches.”
The store, which is due to open on October 24, will initially employ about 120 members of staff.
As well as its homeware range, it will also have an in-store cafe.
It will fill the only unit on the Nene Valley Retail Park which is currently empty.
Mr Mason said: “The unit is empty at the moment, but it’s the only one on the retail park that’s standing vacant at the moment, so it should be a real boost for the town when it opens. And we’ve also had a really good response from the Job Centre, suggesting there are a lot of people who want to work with us.”
The store will be 29,000-sq-ft, about the same size as the company’s branches in Kettering and Wellingborough.
Dunelm currently has more than 120 stores spread across the country.
The company started out in Leiecestershire about 30 years ago.
It is still a family-run business and now has an annual turnover of more than £400 million.
The Northampton branch of Comet has been closed since the company went into administration at the end of 2012. Across the country, the electricals firm closed 236 stores, leaving the Government with a bill of £ £49.4m in redundancy payments and unpaid taxes.