The Range currently has its head office in nearby Estover, but the business is said to have outgrown the building. The current site houses 250 staff, but the new facility will hold up to 700 staff, creating 450 jobs throughout a wide range of departments including buying, e-commerce, IT, marketing and accounts.
The plans also include creating a new superstore on the same site, which will act as the company’s training activity for its UK workforce.
Chris Dawson, who has grown the chain to more than 130 store over 25 years, commented: “It was important for me to keep our head office operation in our home city, the place where The Range started. I have staff that have worked for the company for over 20 years, so having a new office built just down the road from the current home is a big deal to all of us. Having the new Superstore next to our head office also means it can be used as a training academy and centre of excellence, so Range staff from across the UK can come to Plymouth and be trained to the highest standards.”
The company is also in the process of building a new Distribution Centre in Avonmouth, Bristol, which is due to open this May. The 1,200,000 square foot building will be one of the largest in the South and is expected to create over 1,000 new jobs.