Revealed: Opticians taking on one of the newly-created retail spaces in Hinckley’s former town centre Dunelm

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 25 October 2021

HINCKLEY’S FORMER Dunelm Mill homeware store has been left empty since they left the town centre in January 2018 – but it is now undergoing major renovation works.

Contractors transforming the once Dunelm into two new units (Image: Mason Moore)

Last week, the Free Press had noticed that contractors had started carrying out construction works on the old Dunelm site, adjacent to B&M on Upper Castle Street.

It will be divided into two retail units, with four first floor apartments above, in what used to be retail offices.

The space nearest to B&M Bargains is set to house Nuneaton-based opticians Optical People and the retail space nearer the right currently having no occupant known at the time of publication (25 October).

In a floor plan obtained by the Free Press, it shows that the Optical People’s unit, sports an overall unit area size of 277.3 m² and will be fitted with two eye test rooms, a laboratory, a ‘dispensing’ area, office, staff room and staff wash room.

The other unit, which seemingly does not yet have a taker, has an overall unit area size of 167.8m² and a much more basic floor plan, with only a staff wash room.

Optical People’s plans for the new site, lodged by boss Mr. Ravi Saigal, show that they propose to employ a total of seven employees.

It would trade from 9am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Saturdays, but would not operate on Sundays or bank holidays.

Occupants of the first floor apartments will be able to access them from two entrances – the first on Castle Street, the other from the rear of both units.

There will be four newly-created car parking spaces on-site for those who take on the flats.

It is not yet known when Optical People will make the announcement of, or open the doors, to their new location.

But, what is known, is that the opticians have listed jobs publicly on their website for the new store as a part of their ‘Current Vacancies’ – and they are encouraging people to apply as they are ‘currently expanding’.

The jobs listed are:

• Optical Team (Hinckley)

• Optical Team Customer Service (Hinckley)

• Optical Team Supervisor (Hinckley)

• Optometrist – Full time (Hinckley)

• Optometrist -Locum (Hinckley)

• Laboratory Technician (Hinckley)

Those interested can apply here.

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