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Issue:- 24 July 2014

New jobs as fashion store Select heads to Church Square Shopping Centre

WOMEN'S fashion retailer Select is opening a new store in Church Square Shopping Centre, St Helens, creating 9 new jobs.  It's the latest store to open under the retailer's rapid expansion plans, targeting key prime trading spots around the UK.   Select specialises in translating catwalk trends into high street outfits at affordable prices, with a 15% discount for students.  The shop is due to open in the next few days in the former HMV store, and is a sign of the continuing strong interest in Church Square Shopping Centre by national retailers, said centre manager Steve Brogan.  "This is great news for Church Square Shopping Centre and for the town. I've a teenage daughter and she loves this store; the clothes are an affordable price, decent quality and very 'on-trend.'  We have many young shoppers who come to the centre, and enjoy hunting down a new outfit, so this is absolutely perfect for them.  Signing a well recognised name such as Select also shows the hard work that that's been put in to encourage retailers to come to St Helens. Women's fashion retailer Roman recently opened, with new jobs, and is doing very well."

Launched in the early 1980s, Select was bought by Turkish investor Cafer Mahiroglu in 2008 and has focused on becoming one of the high street's most affordable fashion forward retailers.

This strategy has been successful with 136 UK stores open and ambitious expansion plans in place to open 40 more stores by the end of 2014.   Select owner Cafer Mahiroglu commented on the new store opening:- "We're thrilled with the opening of the new St Helens store; we feel it will be a welcome addition to our rapidly expanding chain of outlets."

Roman women's fashion retailer opened at Church Square Shopping Centre in February, creating 6 jobs. It marked a return to the town for the brand, as it was previously part of TJ Hughes.

Church Square Shopping Centre is open daily and home to a range of big name stores; such as River Island, BHS, Boots and Superdrug; along with independent retailers plus the busy St Mary's Market. Details on what's happening at the centre at:-

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