Home and garden retailer The Range will open 45 stores over the next three years creating 6,750 jobs.

The retailer opened the first of these stores yesterday in Glasgow, bringing its total to 76 shops.

Scotland is set to benefit from The Range’s expansion drive, with 1,750 jobs set to be created in the country.

The retailer will debut five new stores by the end of the year on top of the seven it has already opened. A further 20 will follow in 2014.

The Range owner and founder Chris Dawson said: “With stores planned all across the UK, we are excited to be creating so many jobs.”

“We have been working towards opening stores in Scotland for a long time but wanted to make sure the company was structured to support the expansion, we have recently opened a huge 750,000 sq ft warehouse in Doncaster that will support Scotland temporarily while we look at a specific warehouse in Scotland.”