WINSFORD'S second Home Bargains store is set open this weekend creating 70 new jobs for the local community.

The discount retailer has invested about £4 million into its new outlet, which will officially open at 8am on the Wharton Retail Park in Nat Lane on Saturday (June 3).

Among the new jobs created at the family-run retailer will be new team members, as well as staff and management transferring across from other local stores.

The new store will be the town’s second Home Bargains, joining more than 575 outlets across the UK.

The new Winsford store manager, Joseph Byrne, has worked with Home Bargains for the past 15 years, starting as a team member in Moreton, Wirral.

Joseph, who transferred from the New Brighton store to manage Winsford 2, said: "I am extremely excited and honoured for the opportunity to open Winsford 2.

"It will be a new experience for me. The team and I cannot wait to open the doors to our new and existing customers. I hope that they are as excited as we are."

The 20,419 sq ft store will offer shoppers a range of products, including homewares, health and beauty essentials, sweets, snacks and drinks, as well as fresh and frozen food.

Joseph added: "Wharton Retail Park in Winsford will be a great location for us, and we’re proud to be able to offer local people top-branded goods at exceptionally low prices."

To celebrate the opening, Home Bargains is also donating £2,000 to Winsford-based St Luke’s Hospice, which offers a wide range of services to support people living with life limiting illnesses in mid and south Cheshire.

Andy Bailey, corporate partnerships manager at St Luke’s Hospice, said: “We’re delighted to receive this donation from Home Bargains and rest assured it will be used to help us to provide care and support for more local patients at a time in their lives when they need it most.

"The store is just a 15-minute walk from the hospice, so I can only imagine it will prove popular with our patients, their families, our staff and volunteers!"