QD discount store will open in Oakham at the former Fords of Oakham premises
A discount store will open in Oakham next month creating 21 new jobs.
QD Quality Discounts will open at the former Fords of Oakham premises in Church Street on Thursday, November 7.
Rutland's only department store closed in August to allow the owners to focus on the funeral directing side of their business.
Richard and Juliana White continue to trade from a refurbished office next door but were keen to rent out the 8,000sq ft premises to a big retailer.
Juliana said: “We had three businesses interested in the premises but QD is a lovely company and it’s family run so it fits perfectly with us.
"The feedback has been mixed but I think it will be welcomed.”
In a poll on the Mercury website, 70 per cent of respondents said they can't wait for QD to open. Thirty per cent said they won't shop there.
QD sells a range of home and garden products, furniture, clothing and food at discounted prices. It will also stock the Christmas range.
Store operations manager Chris Meale said: “We are really looking forward to opening up in Oakham in the old Fords of Oakham premises.
"As the oldest department store in Rutland, Fords was a well-respected business and we are proud to be picking up the mantle from them.
"Like Fords, we are a family owned business with our administration office and senior directors based nearby in Nottingham.
“We firmly believe Oakham’s shoppers will love our fantastic range of products at everyday great value prices.
"We can’t wait to welcome our new customers and staff to the store.”
QD will recruit 21 full and part time sales assistants, supervisors and managers.