Home Bargains is recruiting for a new store in Torquay

The former Mothercare store at Wren Park retail centre in Torquay

The former Mothercare store at Wren Park retail centre in Torquay. - Credit: Google Maps


Discount store chain Home Bargains is recruiting for a new store in Torbay.

Job advertisements on the company’s website identify the location as Wren Park in Torquay, a retail park next to the The Willows out-of-town centre.

The national chain was linked to the empty Mothercare unit at the site owned by Torbay Council off Brown’s Bridge Road in September last year.

Mothercare closed after the national baby and children’s goods retailer went into administration at the end of 2019.

The separate retail park including a Boots is next to The Willows,  which has large Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer stores.

The available roles at Home Bargains in Torquay are listed as store manager, assistant manager, supervisor and team member, with a closing date for applications of Monday, April 12.

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The job listings say: “We are delighted to announce that we have a new store opening in your area.”

A planning application was submitted to the council last year to lift a restriction on the sale of food and drink at the Wren Park premises to allow the trader to carry its full range of goods.

Documents with the application from TDA – Torbay Council’s economic development company – named Home Bargains as the potential occupier.

A report said the new store would create around new 50 jobs. Currently the nearest is at Newton Abbot and the chain is expanding across the South West.

The application was to allow the sale of food and drink on around a third of the floorspace.

The Wren Park retail development went ahead after permission was granted at an appeal in 1992.

A planning condition restricted the goods to non-food retail only, but was updated to allow the sale of baby food by Mothercare.

The Home Bargains chain is privately run and describes itself as a 'discount retailer selling top brands at the lowest possible price on the UK high street'.

The company started more than 40 years ago in Liverpool and has 530 stores, with plans to open 50 new outlets a year to expand to 900 locations.