B&Q signs up to retail park

Published: 9 Sep 2011 13:0030 comments

DIY giant B&Q has signed up to Port Glasgow's new retail park.

The top retailer is the first firm to announce its arrival at the site next to the Tesco Extra store and will create 75 jobs.

The news was unveiled by property firm Gallagher Developments at a consultation in Port Glasgow Library.

Bosses from B&Q spoke exclusively to the Telegraph to say they are delighted to be coming to Inverclyde.

Matthew Webster, their development chief, said: "We will be creating 75 full and part-time positions at all levels from experts, sales assistants and up to management level, and we are looking to recruit locally.

"We are very pleased to come to Port Glasgow - there is a strategic gap in our market with the nearest stores just now in Paisley and Great Western Road in Glasgow."

The site of the new retail park, above, covers 26,000 square metres and it boasts room for 13 non-food shops.

Work is ready to start in a year's time and the shopping centre is expected to be up and running by 2013.

The plans will be on display again today, until 5pm, at Port Glasgow Library.

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  • askelvis
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    Sep 9, 13:32
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    Great news the port is the new gourock

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  • joanmcdade
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    Sep 9, 13:39
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    This is good news for all those Inverclyde shoppers who have had to go out of Inverclyde for a lot of shopping. It would be very good if we could also get a Next, Matalan, TK Maxx, River Island and so on so that more money was spent in the local area supporting local jobs.

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  • yvoynix
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    Sep 9, 13:42
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    Excellent news.

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  • Si67
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    Sep 9, 13:56
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    Where do I apply for a job? I'd luv staff discount at B&Q

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  • rod2mc
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    Sep 9, 14:22
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    Excellent news!

    No need to go to homebase anymore and get charged 3 times the rrp price

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  • Tiddles
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    Sep 9, 14:40
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    Yes Rod, I'm with you on this one. I am fed up having to saunter up to Paisley for things I need. I just hope that the 75 jobs will be PREDOMINATELY full time. If this comes to pass, it can only be good for Inverclyde and especially the Port.

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  • 8i6daddy
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    Sep 9, 15:22
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    I agree with Rod2mc... good to have an alternative to homebase.. but the only downside Im thinking that homebase might end up shutting down... theyve already got B&M on their doorstep, now a major competitor coming... do we really need another empty unit in greenock?

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  • Weapon
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    Sep 9, 16:57
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    Wonderful news!

    (I really thought Tids had gone for good!)

    I'm also rather chuffed about the B&Q announcement....

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  • alza40
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    Sep 9, 17:31
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    Homebase are their own worst enemy. Never have anything you're looking for and if they do it's twice the price of anywhere else.

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  • Tiddles
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    Sep 9, 18:27
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    Thanks Weap, it's nice to be missed!

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  • jimmackie
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    Sep 9, 18:52
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    great news for inverclyde most positive thing in years and they employ older generation to, well done the local council .

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  • WeeJockW
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    Sep 9, 18:54
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    B&Q is a good start, let's hope that the others that follow offer the residents a good choice of products and services. I think Greenock has enough in the way of poundshops, charity shops and pawn shops for the whole of Inverclyde.

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  • Nexus1974
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    Sep 9, 19:17
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    Hopefully there is a PC World as well in addition to B&Q

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  • Tiddles
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    Sep 9, 20:14
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    Oh behave Nexus, why in heaven's name would we want that? Jimmackie, you behave yourself too, what have the local council to do with this? It's a purely commercial enterprise, or is there there something you know that we don't????????? (goes off singing, "Oh you've gotta pick a pocket or two" from Oliver by the late Lionel Bart).

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  • wallace1297
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    Sep 9, 21:14
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    Great news and we must hope others follow B & Q. I also hope that the estimated 500 jobs created go to local people.

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  • yvoynix
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    Sep 9, 21:42
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    75 jobs, not 500! But good news all the same!

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  • Tiddles
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    Sep 9, 21:47
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    Wally, oh please may I call call you so? I don't think the figure of 500 has been suggested but your suggestion of it has filled me with much enthusiasm. For all your possible inaccuracy, I hope you are right and Inverclyde will see many more job opportunities from 500 and beyond.

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  • Tiddles
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    Sep 9, 21:55
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    You know Jock, whenever I take off upon the florid wings of my colourful prose, your solid comments drop in and all I can see are the wise words of a wee squaddie medic with a steel back bone who just simply says what needs to be said. I truly salute you! I am the jester to the court of the man.

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  • Expatriot
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    Sep 9, 22:38
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    Good news not only for Port Glasgow, but the area as a whole. I have no feelings re Homebase whatsoever, competition is the name of the game. And for once the people of the Port, Kilmacolm and beyond will not have to endure the traffic chaos, roundabouts and traffic lights which pollute Greenock when they want to nip down for a tin of paint! More development at the Port Glasgow site will thankfully spell the end for the carbunkle that is the Oak Mall.

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  • skozra
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    Sep 10, 02:08
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    Good stuff - I like B&Q :)

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  • Annanana
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    Sep 10, 18:05
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    Bad news for Duncans Wallpaper shop in Port Glasgow , another small business will close in Port Glasgow !

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  • Tiddles
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    You're quite right Annanana, it's easy to overlook the downside. I doubt if they can even try to compete but you never know. To be honest, I'd never buy wallcoverings from B&Q, the serial numbers in my experience don't tie up and you get paper that doesn't match and you end up with unpleasant arguments.

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  • gizzmo
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    Sep 11, 15:31
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    GOOD NEWS FOR THE LOCAL AREA PG IN PARTICULAR timing is just great after homebase shooting themselves in the foot by imposing a car parking charge if you dont spend all your money in 90 minutes sometimes we could be that long just waiting at the checkout.............

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  • adze96
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    Sep 11, 18:27
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    wee jock. "I think Greenock has enough in the way of poundshops, charity shops and pawn shops for the whole of Inverclyde". you forgot about mobile shops too...

    it would be good to see a job boom in inverclyde for a change instead of the drudgery of job hunting for no jobs

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  • WeeJockW
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    Sep 11, 18:29
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    Thank you for your kind words Tidds, much appreciated.

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  • johnsteele
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    Sep 11, 21:29
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    I like to shop at my local ironmongers and buy everything I can, but if he can't order it for me then I have to go to conbase and pay a lot because they know I need it, oh wait! isn't it sainburys that own homebase and wikes!!! Im not saying b and q is much better but at least it will give some homebase workers a new job? and b and q do cheap measuring tapes to sum it all up!

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  • WeeJockW
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    Sep 12, 01:39
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    Anything that brings FULL time jobs to the area has to be good, however, I feel that the majority of the jobs will end up being part time and at the lower end of the minimum wage.

    What we also have to remember about these jobs is the fact that they are not apprenticeships, something which our young people need badly.

    Instead of retail and call centres, Inverclyde needs industry, an employer who will bring proper apprenticeships to the area, this area has a large skill base but, as each year passes those skills are being lost.

    Inverclyde has suffered over the years and we have the legacy to prove it, deprivation, slums and drugs. A lost generation or a generation neglected, we owe it to our kids to give them a chance in life.

    It's time to take the message to our elected representatives as well as that QUANGO Riverside Inverclyde. We want real jobs with real prospects, not only for ourselves but for our kids and the future generations of this area.

    We've had the Arab Spring, let next year be the Inverclyde Spring, speak out for jobs and make your voices heard.

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  • scotland0chick
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    Sep 13, 12:38
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    I'm only 16 and I can assure you that the jobs will go to people with "experience". I've looked and looked for a job EVERYWHERE...Trawling the internet for hours on end, running about the town asking, and unless you are over 18, can drive and have experience, nobody's interested!

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  • WeeJockW
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    Sep 14, 01:25
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    @scotland0chick I wish I could offer you some wise words of wisdom, but unfortunately I cant. All I can say is never give up, no matter how frustrated you feel keep on trying. I know you've probably heard that before and will continue to hear it, but none the less in today's climate you have to keep on going.

    Apart from looking at the job market, have you considered further education/college courses. It might not be what your looking for, but, could in the long run lead to employment.

    It breaks my heart to see youngsters trying their best to get on in life, only to be knocked back at every step. Inverclyde council are looking to employ young people, try giving their Human resources a ring, you never know.

    In the meantime I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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  • scotland0chick
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    Sep 14, 20:04
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    I am currently studying HNC healthcare at James Watt! You'd think going to Columba 1400, and gaining 2 Princess Diana Awards plus culminating in a speech with former First Minister Jack McConnell would put me on the job ladder...but sadly not! I have experience in leadership and working as a team, but it falls upon deaf ears! Oh well! Perseverance appears to be the name of the game these days..

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