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Walsall Primark opens its doors to first shoppers

A shopper makes the most of Primark. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images

The High street fashion chain, Primark, opens its new store in Walsall today.

The Council has invested £7 million pounds into the development as part of plans to transform the Old Square Shopping Centre.

This is the retailer's 169th store in the UK and 289th store in total.

I'm delighted that we have finally completed this exciting project.

"It's a massive boost for the town. You can feel the anticipation and excitement building as we count down the days and hours before the store opens.

"Just take a look around at what's happening in Walsall. There's some amazing regeneration work taking place in the town, delivering almost £40m of investment and approximately 700 new jobs.

"The new cinema scheme at Walsall Waterfront is progressing well and is expected to be open early next year.

– Councillor Adrian Andrew, deputy leader for Walsall Council

Doors will open to customers from 10am today.

Argos workers go on strike in weekend hours row

Argos warehouse workers in Lutterworth are going on strike for 24 hours today Credit: PA

More than three hundred warehouse staff have gone on strike at the Argos distribution centre in Lutterworth.

The 24-hour strike by Unite union members started at 6am, in a dispute over contract changes which will mean increased weekend working.

Morrisons offers Midlanders online shop for first time

Morrisons is selling groceries online for the first time in the supermarket's history Credit: PA

Supermarket chain Morrisons has started selling groceries online to customers in parts of the Midlands for the first time in its history.

The groceries will be dispatched from a warehouse based in Dordon in North Warwickshire.

Yesterday, the firm announced a drop of nearly 6 per-cent in sales, which it said was partly due to its lack of online presence

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Business booming for Leicester-based retailers

Dunelm Mill started life as a curtain stall at Leicester Market in 1979 Credit: PA

Two Leicester-based retailers say they're optimistic for the next financial year after revealing positive trading figures.

Topps Tiles' revenue increased by more then 9 percent between April and July while Dunelm saw a boost in sales of nearly 3 per-cent between July and October last year.

Topps Tiles is based at Enderby near the M1 Credit: PA

Dunelm Mill, a family-run business, started life as a curtain stall at Leicester market in 1979.

Last week, clothes retailer Next, which is also based in Enderby, reported a surge in sales before Christmas, putting it on track to generate bigger profits than Marks and Spencer.

Next is expected to overtake sales at Marks & Spencer for the first time after a bumper Christmas Credit: PA

Rugeley retailer guilty of food hygiene offences

A retailer from Rugeley has been found guilty of hygiene offences.

An inspection in October 2012 at West End Wines, Anson Street, found a number of food hygiene issues, including filthy equipment, mouse activity and food at risk of contamination.

Ripped packet of McVitie's biscuits Credit: Cannock Chase Councils

Despite previous warnings from officers at the council, Lawrence Duckhouse failed to act to correct the offences and the shop was immediately closed as a result. He was ordered by Stafford Magistrates Court to pay fines and costs totalling £4192.

Conditions at the retailer Credit: Cannock Chase Councils

Jessops reopens in Birmingham, full report

Midlands camera chain Jessops is back after Dragons' Den entrepreneur, Peter Jones, decided he was going to make them an offer.

It cost him £4 million for 100% of the company.

The group was founded in Leicester in 1935 and had almost 200 stores before they all closed in January 2013 with 1,500 people losing their jobs.

Lee Comley reports.

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