Jobs boost is a shoe-in as footwear chain set to arrive

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DONCASTER is set for a jobs boost with 15 new retail posts set to be created at a shoe shop next month.

The German chain Deichmann plans to open a store in the Frenchgate Centre next month, it has confirmed.

A spokesman for the chain said recruitment was currently ongoing. The firm has erected hoardings outside the site it is due to occupy, next to the Clas Ohlson store on the upper floor.

It will be the company’s 51st store in the UK.

The news that another chain is heading for Doncaster comes just two weeks after a survey by the accountants PriceWaterhouseCoopers revealed the number of multiple retailers in Doncaster had grown by 20 last year, despite the economic conditions.

Only Harrogate had gained more shops from chains in the Yorkshire region.

The new jobs also come at a time when concern has been raised by MP Rosie Winterton about the rising unemployment rate in her Doncaster Central constituency.

New arrival Deichmann describes itself as having been a family-owned business since 1913 and says it will continue to remain independent.

Its nearly 100-year history began in Essen in the Ruhr river area.

The region is still the headquarters for the group of companies. Deichmann is currently active in 20 countries with 3,000 shops and employs approximately 30,000 people.

In 2010, the Deichmann Group sold more than 152 million pairs of shoes worldwide.