Jobs boost at Urban Exchange in Piccadilly BasinProperty investment and development company, Town Centre Securities, who own and manage the Urban Exchange retail park, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, has announced that the number of people employed on the retail park has exceeded one hundred with the opening of Pure Gym today ( 1 September).
The 140, 000 sq ft building, which originally housed the ILVA Danish furniture store, now has four of the five units created, occupied with the ALDI supermarket employing 7 people and the flagship 55, 000 sq ft Go Outdoors store employing 43. Also, M&S Outlet, which opened last month, created 35 jobs, many of whom were working as temporary staff at other Manchester stores over the Christmas period. Although those jobs ended in January they were able to secure jobs in the new store.
Pure Gym will employ 20, taking the total number of people working on site to 105. Pure Gym’s new staff includes Anthony Towey (aged 35), from nearby Ancoats, who previously worked in the construction industry as a joiner and then maintenance supervisor and has recently qualified as a personal trainer.
“This job has come just at the right time as I only got my qualification three weeks ago. I’m really looking forward to starting the new job. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” Anthony Towey explained.
Edward Ziff Chairman and Chief Executive at Town Centre Securities said:
"It’s fantastic that our tenants have created such a significant number of employment opportunities for local people here at Urban Exchange. This is becoming an increasingly popular retail scheme and once our final unit is let, this figure will increase further. Given the current economic climate this is excellent news and will certainly have a positive impact on the local economy.”