THE former manager of Maplin on St Helens Retail park says she can't believe her luck after landing the top job at the new JYSK – the new store housed in her former workplace.

Viki Robinson from St Helens, was immediately snapped-up by a large charity’s retail arm after electronics chain Maplin closed its doors, but once she spotted the JYSK advert, and saw the location, she was hooked.

The 31-year-old said: “I love the style, the people, the customer focus. It’s exactly what I wanted. I saw the job advertised and walked into the interview already feeling like this was home. I wanted ‘store manager’, I knew the customers, the retail park and researched JYSK items – they are just fantastic.

“JYSK is just what St Helens needs. It’s brand new, prices and quality are both amazing and it’s a great company to work for.

"As a lifelong Saints fan I was also thrilled to see JYSK sponsor the Saints v Wakefield match in June.

"I’m really looking forward to introducing JYSK to our community – it’s just perfect for St Helens.”

The firm have also been in talks with the Invest in St Helens team to see how it can best support the community.

UK Country Manager for JYSK, David Ashton, added: “I am looking forward to seeing Victoria create a strong team of JYSK staff that are ready to deliver fantastic customer service every day for the people of St Helens.

“For some time St Helens has been high on the target list for a JYSK store in the UK. We believe St Helens Retail Park to be one of the strongest retail parks at the moment.

“Local people should be proud of that and continue to support retail within the area.”

The new store will open next Saturday, June 15 from 9am.

Offers of up to 70 per cent off will welcome customers during Grand Opening Weekend, with early bird shoppers standing to bag a ‘balloon bonus’ as JYSK gifts the first 25 queueing customers with a helium balloon to be redeemed at the tills for an additional 10 per cent off.

There will also be a free Danish breakfast and ice creams (while the ice cream lasts!)