Jobs lift as high street names come to town

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TWO major high street names are creating up to 20 jobs, by opening new stores in a Yorkshire town.

Trespass is recruiting seven staff for its new store in the Airedale Shopping Centre in Keighley, West Yorkshire, which is due to open in July.

Fashion retailer Peacocks is also opening a store in the same shopping centre. Bonmarché, which has been in the centre for 20 years, is moving a short distance to a larger unit, to free up space for the Peacocks store.

Airedale Shopping Centre manager Steve Seymour said: “This is a real boost for both the town and the centre. These companies are in the middle of large expansions and choose their new locations very carefully.

“They have seen this is an area that is on the rise economically, and decided to ride that wave. I am especially happy that Trespass is opening in Keighley. We are right in the middle of a tourist area, with Haworth and the steam railway nearby. I know that visitors come from as far afield as Hong Kong and America to visit Bronte country, and take a trip on the railway, then walk out on the moors.

“But there’s been no bespoke shop in the town dedicated to outdoor activities – so this will be perfect for these visitors.”

Glasgow-based Trespass dates from 1938 and is the official clothing suppliers for this year’s Commonwealth Games. The company has 150 stores around the UK, with more shops in the pipeline. It sells outdoor clothing and equipment to skiers, snowboarders, hikers, and campers.

Trespass Retail general manager Aird Jardine said: “Opening in July means we are well placed to pick up on the seasonal demand for outdoor products.”