Homeware chain The Range to create thousands of jobs
Westcountry businessman Chris Dawson has said his homeware chain The Range plans a major expansion which will create 6,750 jobs across the country over the next three years.
Mr Dawson, who originally set up the chain in Plymouth, said he planned to open 45 stores across the UK.
The aim is to create some 5,000 jobs in England and Wales and a further 1,750 jobs in Scotland following the success of the company which has grown despite the recession.
The chain already has 76 stores across the country that employ more than 7,000 people.
He said he plans to open another 20 stores across the UK starting next year.
Mr Dawson, who was this year placed at 153rd in the Sunday Times Rich List and who is believed to be worth £585m, opened his first store in Scotland, in Glasgow, recently.
He opened his first large store at Sugar Mill Business Park in Plymouth in 1989.
In 2013 he bought the retail park out of administration and renamed it Dawson's Mill.