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Bumper start for new discount store
1:00pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
A new department store has proved a big hit with shoppers.
Hundreds of people passed through the doors of The Original Factory Shop in Romsey on its first day of trading at the former Co-op store in the Dukes Mill precinct.
Romsey’s mayor Ian Richards cut the blue ribbon and queuing customers couldn’t wait to get inside to see what bargains they could grab inside the discount store.
The Original Factory Shop’s area manager Steve Caie said: “We’d like to thank the Mayor of Romsey, Councillor Ian Richards, for officially launching what turned out to be an extremely successful weekend for The Original Factory Shop’s new store in Romsey.
“The launch went even better than expected, with the store more than doubling its target on opening day. We hope this success continues long into the future.”
Bosses at The Original Factory Shop pumped £250,000 into opening the store, which has brought 20 new jobs to Romsey.
Councillor Richards, who was given a guided tour of the shop, said it was “very good news” for the town and that he hoped that more big businesses would follow The Original Factory and open shops in the town.
“It is nice to see the old Co-op premises filled after being empty for so long. I believe that this new shop will be attractive to the population of Romsey. I am also pleased to see that The Original Factory Shop has got faith in the town to open in what is a smaller unit than the company normally operates. Romsey is a testing ground for a store of this size and The Original Factory Shop has employed local people and brought more jobs to the town.”
He added: “It’s almost a replacement for Woolworths, which is greatly missed and this fills the gap left by Woolworths. A number of customers that spoke to me said that.”
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