A LARGE empty shop in the town centre will become Doncaster’s newest department store next week.
The Boyes chain, concentrated mainly in east and north Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, opens the doors of its 41st branch at 9am on Friday, May 20.
About 25 new full and part-time jobs have been created by the firm and the new branch manager will be Ian Webster, from Brigg.
The company, still a family-owned independent business, has taken over the former Ware-Mart discount store in Duke Street, which has had a chequered history over the past 20 years, with a series of different retail operations after it closed as a carpet store.
Shopfitters have this week been putting the finishing touches to the building, which dominates Duke Street and will prove to be a rival to the TJ Hughes store almost opposite.
The new store is being opened by W Boyes & Co, trading as Boyes, which was started by William Boyes in 1881 when he opened a small shop in Scarborough.
Chairman and managing director Andrew Boyes will be cutting the ribbon to open the store and first-day shoppers will be offered treats such as Scarborough rock with the company name in it.
Over the last 130 years Boyes say they have built a reputation and business on providing friendly, helpful service with an extensive product range.
General manager Robert van der Heijden said: “Boyes always pull huge crowds when we open a new store because we have a great party atmosphere and giveaways.
“There is already lots of interest in the store because a lot of people in Doncaster seem to know our name from visiting our shops at the coast and other towns.”
Boyes sell approximately 30,000 products, from soft furnishings, DIY, fashion for all the family, dress fabrics, patterns, wool, haberdashery and craft items and fishing tackle.