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Home Bargains plans £1.5m investment at former Toys ‘R’ Us store

Home Bargains has submitted plans to refurbish Liverpool’s former Toys ‘R’ Us store on Paisley Street.

The discount retailer purchased the 24,832 sq ft unit after the toy chain went into administration earlier this year.

According to a planning application submitted to Liverpool City Council by TJ Morris Limited, the company is looking to refurbish the store opposite Costco to part facilitate occupation by its trading company, Home Bargains (HB).

The application for a range of alterations to the unit has been submitted alongside another which seeks to widen the range of goods that can be sold from the unit.

A planning document included with the proposals reads: “In keeping with its aspirations to be the discount retailer of choice, HB wants to completely refurbish the unit both externally and internally.

“This investment, which will exceed £1.5 million, will create jobs for local people through both the construction and operational phases, as well as facilitate the occupation of a vacant retail unit on Paisley Street.

“Up to 60 people will be employed in the retail unit, which is a substantial increase in employment. These new jobs are particularly significant at the current time when the retail sector is experiencing a structural change leading to the loss of many household names, including Toys ‘R’ Us.

“HB’s occupation is a good news story for Liverpool and further demonstrates HB’s commitment to its hometown.”

Last week, HB submitted plans to extend and refurbish its Broadway store in Norris Green.

The discount retailer wants to extend the Broad Lane branch into a former Co-op supermarket which closed earlier this year.

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