Home Bargains to open 64 new bakeries including three in Greater Manchester – Proper manchester

Our city region is getting three of the 64 bakeries being rolled out
New in-store bakeries will sell freshly baked goods at 64 Home Bargain sites across the country, including three based in Greater Manchester.
The budget retailer has already begun the rollout at some of its stores nationwide with the first few including locations at Darlington, Basingstoke and Merthyr, and will add another 20 bakeries to the list over the next 12 months.
Shoppers across Greater Manchester can pick up their freshly baked goods in their Home bargains shop, with bakeries set to open in Oldham, Walkden and Bolton in the coming months.
The Home Bargains in Walkden is located at the retail park and the Bolton site is located at Middlebrook Retail and Leisure, in Horwich. 
It has not yet been confirmed which of the three Oldham based sites will feature the new in-store bakery, however, a job advert for the Market Place store has asked for staff members to run a bakery and cafe.
A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “In recent years the market for fresh baked goods in the UK has grown significantly and the bakeries we have introduced at stores nationwide have allowed customers to enjoy our competitively priced fresh bakery range. 
“We are looking forward to introducing more bakeries in stores as we roll out our fresh bakery range for customers across the UK to enjoy.”
Shoppers will be able to choose a variety of baked goods, from baguettes and tiger rolls, to pastries, muffins and doughnuts. 
Home Bargains has said there will be a focus on a small product range so as to offer the best quality of value. All bakeries will operate on the same opening hours as the stores they are located in.
The baked goods available will include a pack of five sausage rolls for £1.09, baguettes for 75p, a pack of four scotch rolls for 85p, and cheese twists for 59p.
As well as cinnamon whirls for 55p, two vanilla crowns for 79p, ten mini jam, sugar or chocolate doughnuts for £1, and a four pack of iced, sugared or chocolate ring donuts for 99p.

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A soft opening is planned for next week
Wigan’s former Debenhams department store is set to open again as a huge charity outlet.
After the well loved British department store closed its doors for good and disappeared from the high street, residents wondered whether the empty plot would ever be used again.
But now Rebuild With Hope has announced plans to take over the enormous space, located in the Grand Arcade, giving it a new lease of life as what could be the ‘country’s biggest charity shop’.
The flagship outlet will sell famous high street brand names in homeware and accessories at discounted prices of up to 70% off.
The foundation provides opportunities and works alongside people with barriers to employment, including ex-services veterans, homeless people, ex-offenders, refugees and asylum-seekers.
It provides direct employment for both full-time and part-time work, training opportunities and helps people access employment.
The organisation will occupy both floors of the unit, using the ground floor for retail space and the first floor for storage, training, drop-ins and wrap-around support.
Eight staff have already been recruited to stack the shelves for the retail space, while the charity will use sales to help fund its work.
As reported in Wigan Today, chief executive officer Louise Atherton said: “We have only been around for a couple of years but this is massive for us.
“I am from Wigan and was hoping that we could establish our base here and couldn’t believe it when this opportunity arose.
“We receive donations and seconds, but a lot of the products we will sell are surplus from high street names. A lot is donated by a company we work with and we also purchase from other organisations which get the stock from retailers.
“It means we can sell top quality products at discounts of up to 70 per cent and we have loads in reserve.”
Because Rebuild With Hope is a charity it does not pay rent for its unit in the Grand Arcade.
But, there is a clause which means bosses of the mall can change their mind and give the retailer 28 days’ notice to quit – which Ms Atherton hopes won’t be invoked. 
As a back-up plan the charity will also begin looking for alternative premises for its operation.
While there are contractual technicalities to settle, at the moment there is a hope there can be a soft opening on Thursday August 17th. An official launch date will then be arranged towards the end of September.

The family who found the pup stayed with him until animal rescuers came
A dog stolen from Manchester was found by rescuers starving and tied to a lamppost 100 miles away from its home.
The malnourished XL Bully was discovered by dog walkers on Monday August 7th tied up near Birmingham Airport.
The canine was spotted looking sullen in a dark alley at around 11.30pm near Birmingham Business Park in Solihull. 
Shane Burham from Sheldon Dog Services Ltd said a ‘shocked’ family contacted him after noticing the distressed dog. He told Birmingham Live of how the young animal was ‘barking and lunging out of fear’.
“Although he was very vocal and acting hard as he spotted us walking through the alley, we quickly realised he was just scared and needed some calm reassurance,” he said.
After giving the pup some treats Shane said the pup soon calmed down from its frightened state, and a trip to the vet confirmed the canine had been chipped.
It was later discovered that the animal had been stolen from its owners in Manchester around a year ago, with Shane saying they thought they’d ‘never see him again’.
In a post on the Sheldon Dog Services Facebook page, which gained 11,000 shares and reached around 50,000 people, a status revealed the kind family waited with the dog until animal rescuers came to collect it and take it to safety.
The post read: “Just been called to a tied-up dog at the business park in Chelmsley [Wood] on the way to the airport. [He was] tied to a lamppost in the walkthrough.
“They were rightly apprehensive about approaching or dealing with the poor handsome dog. We agreed to attend and assess if it would be safe to take them to the vet.
“He’s now just chilling on the back seat taking treats. Wish we could take him home with us as he genuinely seems like a big softie.
“Fingers crossed he’s been dumped by someone that’s stolen him as that way there may be someone out there looking for him. Please share just in case someone is missing this handsome lad.”
Shane praised the family who found the young bully and said John Spence, Sarah Campbell and her two sons Eli and Kaine could have saved the dog from something ‘much worse’.
Adding: “Without them waiting around and staying out til almost 3am, the dog may have been in a much worse situation now. Thank you.”

Around 12,000 jobs are at risk
As homeware and hardware retailer Wilko is on the brink of collapse, a potential rescue bid could save the chain from complete closure.
The CEO of the homeware and hardware retailer said it is expected to enter insolvency after failing to secure a takeover to help the business with ‘mounting cash pressures’.
Wilko filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators at the High Court last Thursday, August 3rd. 
A notice of intention protects businesses from creditors for 10 days as the company attempts to secure its finances.
Around 12,000 jobs could be at risk with Wilko’s 400 stores across the UK facing possible closure.
However, the chain could be saved by a potential rescue bid from a specialist investor.
Gordon Brothers, which specialises in struggling retailers and has backed British high street names including Laura Ashley, are in talks with Wilko’s advisers about making a possible deal.
If a deal was to go ahead, it could still involve a large number of store closures and job losses. However, an insider source has said that the chances of the deal being made were ‘relatively low’.
One source reportedly said the firm had expressed an interest in partnering with other financial investors to inject about £20m in equity, while it would provide around £50m in debt financing.
The project is being overseen by Mark Newton-Jones — former executive for Next, Very Group and Mothercare — who was appointed to lead Gordon Brothers’ European operations earlier this year.
Alteri and Opcapita, two other specialist turnaround investors, have also been examining offers for Wilko in recent weeks but are regarded as unlikely to do so ahead of an insolvency process.
PriceWaterHouseCoopers (PwC) — advisors for the family-owned retailer — is understood to be seeking binding offers within days, with the company close to running out of cash.
Earlier this year Wilko’s hired advisers from PwC in a bid to find a buyer iso they could secure fresh funding to try to keep the firm trading.
If appointed as administrators, PwC, will run a further sale process before beginning a liquidation of Wilko’s assets — if no deals can be arranged.
This year Hilco, owner of Homebase, lent Wilko £40million to try to salvage the company’s future. The firm also recently amended the terms of their agreement to continue to help the struggling chain.
Over the past year, Wilko has closed down 14 different stores across the UK.
The stores that have been recently shut down are Bournemouth, Stockton, The Fort Birmingham, Shipley, Scunthorpe, Narborough Road in Leicester, Grantham, Redditch, Rotherham, Skegness, Llanelli, Merthyr Tydfil, Cleethorpes and Woolwich.
As the news was announced last week Mark Jackson, Wilko chief executive, said: “We’ll continue to progress discussions with interested parties with the aim of completing a transaction which preserves the business and will encourage those interested parties we’re in discussions with to move as fast as possible.
“We continue to believe that our robust turnaround plan, with significant re-stabilisation cost savings in progress, will deliver a profitable Wilko and maximise the significant opportunities that we know exist.”
Wilko has been owned by the Wilkinson family, which established the business, since 1930.

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