Christmas jobs boost at shopping centre

Jill Taylor is pictured (left) with assistant manager Fern Speakman at The Card Factory.

Jill Taylor is pictured (left) with assistant manager Fern Speakman at The Card Factory.

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MORE than 50 jobs have been created at Chorley’s Market Walk shopping centre this Christmas.

Centre bosses say the positions have already been snapped up as traders try to cope with the festive shopping rush.

One store has taken on 15 extra temporary workers, another 10, one six and another four.

Market Walk manager Sandra Hawkins said: “It shows how important the retail sector and Market Walk is for providing jobs in the town of Chorley and the surrounding area.”

The Card Factory took on 15 extra staff.

Manager Julie Topping said: “We have got several temps who have come back to work with us for the second or third year running. It is really valuable work for them in the run-up to Christmas.

“Not only it is a good way to earn some extra, much-needed money at this expensive time of year, it is also a great way to earn retail experience.

“It really is very hectic and busy so if our temp workers can cope with the job now, then I would say it would bode very well for a future in retail not just with us but elsewhere too.”

Worker, mother-of-three and grandmother Jill Taylor, 49, said: “For me, it is very valuable extra money at Christmas and I wouldn’t like to be without it now.

“My husband works in the building trade and his work tends to slacken off at this time of year so it is very handy for me to be able to come back to The Card Factory and top up our income.”

Sandra Hawkins added: “Christmas is always such a busy time and it brings job opportunities too and this can be a bridge to full-time employment because these positions can often lead to permanent roles and to careers.

“They are a chance for many people, often young students and school leavers, to gain work experience in the retail sector and to earn much-needed cash.”

B&M Bargains took on the 10 extra staff, New Look six and Boots four.