New stores and jobs for centre

Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft
Middleton Grange Shopping Centre manager Mark Rycraft
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TWO jobs-boosting new stores will open in a shopping centre this week.

Eight new posts have been created thanks to the CeX franchise which opens in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool on Saturday – the same day that Cash Generator will start trading.

The double boost comes just weeks after the Mail told how shopping centre chiefs were battling to bring more business into Hartlepool.

Cex buys and sells equipment such as mobile phones, video games and CDs and North Yorkshire entrepreneur Jonathan Davies is spearheading the Hartlepool branch.

He said: “I already knew a lot about Hartlepool before I came here and I had taken a look at the town before on behalf of someone else.

“I had been an operations manager for a CeX franchise, but now I am a franchisee myself.

“My aim is to take this shop forward and possibly open some more around the North-East.”

CeX was founded in London in 1992 and now has stores in the UK, Spain and the USA.

It buys, sells and exchanges a range of technology and entertainment products including mobile phones, video games, and computers.

In another development, Cash Generator is opening in the shopping centre on Saturday, bringing six jobs to town.

Just last month, the Mail told how bosses at the shopping centre were battling to bring in more trade.

They said talks were being held to bring more people in, £3m was being spent on revitalising the centre including upgrading the toilets, lifts and escalators and occupancy rates, which are 86 per cent now, could rise to 90 per cent by the end of the year.

Centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “We are really pleased that retailers are choosing to invest in Hartlepool.

“We are getting positive comments from people both on social media sites and face to face. We are getting people who are saying ‘well done for getting these businesses in’.”