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"The Payroll department not only deal with the on-going payroll processing of the Appleby Westward staff," (says Jo Hounsell, Appleby Westward's HR Director) they also work with a large number of our retailers who outsource their payroll to Appleby Westward'.
A major capital investment scheme to convert a former West Bay night club into a large SPAR convenience store has created eight new jobs in the area.
The scheme, a co-investment between the family owners of Burton Bradstock Cars and Appleby Westward, involved the conversion of the former De Vinchie’s nightclub building.
The project has created a 2,500 sq. ft. modern SPAR store, a smaller shop next door, two 3-bedroom flats above and parking for 25 cars. Four full time and four part time staff have been recruited to help run the new convenience store.
Saj Vij, who runs Burton Bradstock Cars in Cliff Road, which has a SPAR forecourt store, bought the nightclub site last year from a property developer. “It’s a very prominent site in West Bay Road and when it became available, I knew it would be an ideal location for a SPAR store,” he said.
“Appleby Westward agreed, and their specialist team has created a state-of-the-art convenience store to the very highest SPAR specifications, representing a flagship store to serve the local community and the influx of holiday makers to the area.”
The store will have a large food-to-go area and locally produced products with a Costa Coffee bean-to-cup coffee machine, a substantial chilled and fresh foods selection which will be adapted regularly to cater for seasonal demand, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits, news and magazines, National Lottery, Paypoint and an array of promotional offers on a large selection of grocery products.
Staff from the Burton Bradstock SPAR store have been helping train the new employees at West Bay.
Saj moved the Burton Bradstock forecourt store business to SPAR six years ago when he decided it was time to redevelop his 300 sq.ft. shop which was underperforming at the time. Along with Appleby Westward, he redeveloped the business to create a modern 1,100 sq.ft. store, providing a convenience shopping service to the village and surrounding area. “It has become a very popular place for people to shop locally since we carried out the improvements, and we have won a couple of food hygiene and safety awards in that time as well,” he said.
“When it came to choosing a partner to develop the West Bay site, I had no hesitation in continuing with SPAR. The brand name has worked so well for us at Burton Bradstock where we have a cracking operation and I had every confidence in the Appleby Westward team’s ability to build a great new store.”
There was also a family fun day, held to celebrate the opening of the store, with food and drink tastings, raffles, face painting and a host of other attractions on Saturday 9th June.
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Article updated June 2012
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