TJ Hughes closing in King’s Lynn, but The Range set to open
Good news and bad news for jobs in West Norfolk
King's Lynn's branch of TJ Hughes will close for good on Wednesday, with the loss of up to 55 jobs.
But there was better news on the employment front when The Range announced it would be opening a branch in the town, creating new vacancies.
The Broad Street branch of TJ Hughes was among the latest list of stores announced by administrators to be closing.
The discount chain called in administrators Ernst and Young last month.
It had been hoped the Lynn store would be among those finding a buyer and it was not included in an original closure list.
But a further eight stores have been announced as closing and Lynn is among them.
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Lewis's Home Retail has bought a number of stores, including the Liverpool flagship branch.
The Lynn store employs 43 people with around another dozen working for concessions including the coffee shop and Roman Originals.
Retail superstore The Range will be opening on the town's Hardwick Industrial Estate before Christmas.
The home, garden and leisure company has a total of 51 stores around the country and employs more than 2,500 people.
The exact number of jobs created in Lynn is yet to be announced, but it could be as many as 100.
The exact location is also still to be announced, but the company has been taking over vacant spaces left by companies including MFI which were victims of the recession.