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Good news with stores opening in Basingstoke
BASINGSTOKE’S retail scene is being boosted with the relocation of one major retailer and the expansion of another.
At Brighton Hill Retail Park on Saturday, Staples opens the doors to its new premises.
The stationery retailer will be demonstrating a 3D printer called The Cube at the store, having moved from its former site nearby off Winchester Road.
The new premises will be officially opened at 9am by the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Councillor Dan Putty.
It will be one of the first selected Staples branches to sell 3D printers to the public, giving people the chance to produce realistic, 3D models from A4 paper. Demand for the printers, retailing at £1,150, is expected to be high when they go on sale soon.
The reason for the relocation was to improve the shop’s range and services.
This will include an EasyTech centre which will offer full technical support and a copy and print centre, where a custom printing service ideal for local businesses which require photocopying, business cards and leaflets, will be offered.
Store manager Barrie Howells said: “We’re really excited about the relocation, range and services which will really benefit the local community.
“We’re champing at the bit to get the doors open and welcome everyone to the store. The opening day itself will be a really fun occasion with entertainment, music, a whole host of activities for families and amazing deals.”
Also on Saturday, Poundland – which already has a shop in Festival Place – will be opening a Chineham store, creating 25 new jobs.
Europe’s biggest single price retailer has taken over the unit that was previously used by shoe retailer Brantana.
Poundland trading director Richard Lancaster said: “We are delighted to bring our unique proposition to Chineham.
“We offer exceptional value on top-branded products to over 4.5million customers every week.The £1 price hasn’t changed since we opened our first store 22 years ago. Our current customers love us and we are sure the Chineham shoppers will too.”
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