A new store is gearing up to open its doors to the public - and create around 70 jobs in the process.
Home Bargains is about to open its doors at the former B & Q building, in Station Road, South Shields.
Following a recruitment drive the company is now getting ready to conduct interviews for the 70 jobs which are up for grabs - ranging from store assistants to managers.
The store - which sells high street brands from health and beauty products to household goods, food and toys - is schedule to open the doors of the new store on October 21.
James Licence, from the recruitment department at Home Bargains said: “We are recruiting between 60-70 members of staff with a mixture of full-time and part-time positions.
“The management positions are full-time while the store assistants range from one day a week up to five days.”
He added: “The store is scheduled to open on October 21 and at the moment we are conducting interviews for those positions.”
Home Bargains is run by family-owned business TJ Morris which was established 40 years by Tom Morris.
Since opening his first store in Liverpool, the company has expanded across the country.
It now has over 400 stores and employs more than 17,000 staff.
The former B&Q store closed its doors to the public last year to the public.
The closure was part of a move which saw the firm shut down a number of outlets nationally.
The new store will help boost the job figures for South Tyneside.
Last week it was revealed the number of people claiming out of work benefits has risen slightly.
Statistics show that 4,070 people in the South Tyneside were in receipt of the benefit in August, up from 4,025 in July.
The figure in June stood at 4,155.
In the North East, the number of unemployed stood at 77,000, up 8,000 on the previous quarter, meaning that 6%of people in the region are currently without work.
The figure was up 8,000 on the previous quarter but down 20,000 overall year-on-year.