WORK to turn a former Homebase store into The Range has been stepped up in recent days.

The home, leisure and gardens retailer announced earlier this month it planned to opened a store at the site on Hylton Road, which would create 80 new full and part time jobs.

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At the site there has been a lot of activity with a large crane lifting items and The Range coming soon banners going up on display to potential customers.

The store, which is set to include a family cafe, a large outdoor garden centre and an Iceland Foods, is planned to open on Friday, December 20, at 9am.

Chris Dawson, owner and founder of The Range, said: “Opening a new store is always an exciting moment for the company and the Worcester superstore is no exception.

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“The job provision that comes with the new store should be a great boost to the local area."