45 jobs affected as Burnley Homebase store changes hands

Homebase at Calder Vale Road is set to become an outlet for The Range

Homebase at Calder Vale Road is set to become an outlet for The Range

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A DIY store in Burnley, which employs around 45 retail staff, looks set to change hands, it has been confirmed.

Homebase was heralded as a major addition to the outskirts of the town centre when it opened at a newly-developed location in Calder Vale Road in 2008.

But it is understood that the retail warehouse, which comes with a 115-space car park, is now being transferred to home, leisure and garden rivals The Range.

Bosses at The Range, which has another East Lancashire store at Whitebirk, near Blackburn, are remaining tight-lipped over the move. But management at Homebase have revealed that they will be pulling out of Burnley in the near future, after staging talks with staff.

A Homebase spokesman said: “Following a period of consultation with colleagues, we have announced that the Homebase store in Burnley will close, with a date yet to be confirmed.

“The store lease is transferring to retailer The Range subject to planning and landlord consents, who will invite all Homebase Burnley colleagues for an interview to work in their new store.

“Where possible we will also look for opportunities for colleagues at nearby Homebase and Argos stores.”

A spokesman for The Range said: “Unfortunately The Range are unable to comment on this at this point in time.”

Former owners Gregory Property Group reported last November that the retail development had been sold to the Ashfield Group for £4.76million.

This included a £337,500 lease to Homebase, which had been due to run until May 2029.

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7:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Copperhead says...

Everyone is pulling out of the area.
When big names like Sainsburys do a runner, it is the kiss of death for a town, as it was when Tesco closed their Nelson store.
The former employees will suffer as I know cowboy outfits like The Range do not pay anywhere near as much as nationals like Sainsburys.
What a lousy state this country is in these days. There are very few real jobs - everything seems to be minimum wage dross is shops and catering. The people of the UK have been sold down the river by the politicians - who, it is true to say, only do what they are told by the bankers and multi-national corporations who dominate our lives.
Everyone is pulling out of the area. When big names like Sainsburys do a runner, it is the kiss of death for a town, as it was when Tesco closed their Nelson store. The former employees will suffer as I know cowboy outfits like The Range do not pay anywhere near as much as nationals like Sainsburys. What a lousy state this country is in these days. There are very few real jobs - everything seems to be minimum wage dross is shops and catering. The people of the UK have been sold down the river by the politicians - who, it is true to say, only do what they are told by the bankers and multi-national corporations who dominate our lives. Copperhead
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8:39pm Wed 25 Jun 14

DaveBurnley says...

Copperhead wrote:
Everyone is pulling out of the area.
When big names like Sainsburys do a runner, it is the kiss of death for a town, as it was when Tesco closed their Nelson store.
The former employees will suffer as I know cowboy outfits like The Range do not pay anywhere near as much as nationals like Sainsburys.
What a lousy state this country is in these days. There are very few real jobs - everything seems to be minimum wage dross is shops and catering. The people of the UK have been sold down the river by the politicians - who, it is true to say, only do what they are told by the bankers and multi-national corporations who dominate our lives.
You don't seem to have noticed the Sainsbury's store which is trading a few hundred yards away. They don't appear to be doing a runner.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: Everyone is pulling out of the area. When big names like Sainsburys do a runner, it is the kiss of death for a town, as it was when Tesco closed their Nelson store. The former employees will suffer as I know cowboy outfits like The Range do not pay anywhere near as much as nationals like Sainsburys. What a lousy state this country is in these days. There are very few real jobs - everything seems to be minimum wage dross is shops and catering. The people of the UK have been sold down the river by the politicians - who, it is true to say, only do what they are told by the bankers and multi-national corporations who dominate our lives.[/p][/quote]You don't seem to have noticed the Sainsbury's store which is trading a few hundred yards away. They don't appear to be doing a runner. DaveBurnley
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7:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

slants says...

GOOD JOB BURNLEY IS BOOMING EH LOL
GOOD JOB BURNLEY IS BOOMING EH LOL slants
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9:37am Wed 2 Jul 14

Random Username says...

I wonder if the first poster is mistaken about who owns Homebase. The company that own the Argos and Habitat brands owns Homebase not Sainsbury's which sold the brand nearly 15 years ago.
I wonder if the first poster is mistaken about who owns Homebase. The company that own the Argos and Habitat brands owns Homebase not Sainsbury's which sold the brand nearly 15 years ago. Random Username
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