New store walks in

Brantano store front
Brantano store front

SCARBOROUGH is welcoming a jobs boost as two national retailers return Seamer Road Retail Park to full occupancy.

Footwear chain Brantano yesterday announced it is opening a new store on the site next Wednesday.

It will bringing 14 news jobs.

Next at Home, which confirmed at move the retail park earlier this year, is also bringing new job vacancies – as it prepares to open its store in October.

The move follows the arrival of 50 jobs in the area when Dunelm Mill moved to Seamer Road in February this year.

After months of speculation, shoe giant Brantano revealed it will open its new Scarborough store on July 27, followed by an official opening weekend on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31.

Karen Staton, retail operations director at Brantano Footwear, which has 140 stores nationwide, said: “We are really excited to be opening our new store in Scarborough.

“We hope to offer something for everyone, from our wide range of affordable fashionable footwear to our top branded sports shoes.”

It is not yet know how many jobs Next at Home will bring to the town.

The firms decision to bring its homeware brand to Scarborough marks its second major investment in the town after it moved its clothing store to a specially built new unit in the Brunswick Centre in September 2009.

Rebecca Young, spokesperson for Next, said: “At the moment we are looking at an October opening date. The number of staff we will need will be clearer near the time.”

The two new arrivals will see Seamer Road Retail Park return to full occupancy for the first time in a number of years.

Brantano and Next at home will be moving into the unit which was formerly home to Allied Carpets before it went in to administration in August 2009 and closed its Scarborough branch.

The unit will be split into two separate outlets to accommodate its new occupiers.

The retail park has turned a corner since 2008 and 2009 when the recession took its toll on two of the major retailers at the site.

The first big retailer to fall victim of the credit crunch was MFI which shut in Scarborough in December 2008.

Things then looked up as Pets at Home moved to the former Powerhouse unit in January 2009.

However later that year Allied Carpets also went bust, meaning two empty units at the park once more.

In February this year Dunelm Mill opened in the former MFI unit, and when Brantano and Next at Home move they will take over the last remaining unit, joining Dunelm Mill, Pets at Home, Halfords and B&Q.