Controversial weekly payments store BrightHouse to open in Aylesbury with family funday

The entrance to the new BrightHouse store in Aylesbury

The entrance to the new BrightHouse store in Aylesbury

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A weekly payment store which was recently criticised by MPs is holding a family fun day to celebrate its new outlet in Hale Leys.

BrightHouse, the UK’s largest rent-to-own company opens on Thursday and on Friday and Saturday it is putting on a range of family activities and discounts on products from brands including Microsoft and Sony.

BrightHouse has so far received more than 60 applications from people wanting to work at the store, which will employ six staff.

Aylesbury store manager Paul Sanders said: “It’s been exciting to get to know our chosen colleagues after so many applications.

“We’ve got a great team in place who I’m confident will provide first class customer service to the Aylesbury community.”

Zamir Hussain, the newly recruited deputy manager at the store added: “I couldn’t believe how tough the competition was for the positions, and I’m really pleased to be joining the new store at the heart of the community I live in.”

BrightHouse has more than 270 stores across the country.

The chain was criticised in a report by MPs last month for the ‘high’ interest rates charged to customers, making the overall cost much higher than buying the product outright.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said: “Rent-to-own stores like BrightHouse charge inflated prices to some of the poorest people in the country.”

BrightHouse chief executive Leo McKee said the chain offered competitive rates, adding: “Our customers carefully manage their limited resources and appreciate the peace of mind they get from BrightHouse.”

Hale Leys Shopping Centre is owned by Aylesbury Vale District Council.