New store to open doors

Scenesetter'Next at Home on the Seamer Road retail park'Picture by Neil Silk  114125a
Scenesetter'Next at Home on the Seamer Road retail park'Picture by Neil Silk 114125a

SEAMER Road retail park will be fully occupied for the first time in almost three years when the new Next at Home store opens tomorrow.

The store is creating 35 new jobs, in addition to those already created when footwear chain Brantano and Dunelm Mill opened earlier this year, meaning that in 2011 the retail park will now have welcomed a total of 99 jobs.

It is the brand’s first dedicated homeware shop in the region, and it follows the opening of the Next fashion store in the Brunswick centre, off Westborough.

The new store measures 9,000 sq ft and to celebrate the launch, Next Home will be giving away a selection of prizes.

The first 100 customers will have the chance to win a Next gift card.

The store will be moving next to Brantano, which itself created 14 new jobs when it opened in July this year.

Both businesses will occupy the unit, which has now been split in two, but was previously occupied in its entirety by Allied Carpets before the firm went in to administration in August 2009 and closed its Scarborough branch.

The addition of three national chains to the retail park this year marks an upturn for site which was hit by the recession in 2008 and 2009.

MFI was the first big retailer to fall victim to the credit crunch in December 2008 when it shut its store on the park.

Things temporarily picked up when Pets at Home moved to the former Powerhouse unit in January 2009.

However, the boost proved short lived as later that year Allied Carpets also went bust.

The development of the retail park at Seamer Road faced controversy in 1988, with claims that the arrival of B&Q, MFI, Halfords and Allied Carpets would hit town centre business.