Jobs boost as craft store opens

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A craft company will create 25 jobs when it opens the doors of its new superstore.

Hobbycraft will begin trading from the Central Retail Park in Falkirk today (Thursday).

Europe’s first and largest store chain dedicated to arts and crafts, it opens as a survey reveals that 65 per cent of Scottish parents are worried the amount of time their children spend on computer games is affecting their family’s time together.

The store will cater for more than 250 activities and stocks over 35,000 different products, making it an Aladdin’s cave for creative inspiration.

Hobbycraft staff are renowned for being as creative as customers, while there will be lots of opportunities for Falkirk’s expert crafters to showcase their skills, as well as beginners who want help getting started in everything from candlemaking to sewing.

Prior to the opening, new store manager Michelle Hanratty said: “We can’t wait to open our doors in Falkirk, a town rich in community spirit and creativity.

“The people I’ve met out and about are thrilled about Hobbycraft opening and I’m sure we’ll see a response from local families looking to bring the kids here and enjoy doing something creative, rather than playing video games.”

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