A JOBS boost is heading to Scarborough as a national retailer prepares to expand its presence in the town.
Next at Home will be bringing 35 new jobs when it opens its new store in Seamer Road Retail Park on October 13.
The jobs are in addition to those already created when footwear chain Brantano and Dunelm Mill opened earlier this year.
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 Next at Home store will measure 9,000 sq ft, and sell homewares by the brand, usually known for its clothing.
Rebecca Young, spokesperson for Next, said: “It will be the first home store in the area, which is very exciting for us.”
The arrival of Next at Home will see Seamer Road Retail Park return to full occupancy for the first time in a number of years.
The store will be moving next to Brantano, which 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.
However just a month later things temporarily picked up when Pets at Home moved to the former Powerhouse unit in January 2009.
The boost to part was short lived though as later that year Allied Carpets also went bust.
Once again Seamer Road Retail Park stood with two large units lying empty.
This year the tides turned when in February Dunelm Mill moved to the former MFI unit bringing 50 jobs, followed by Brantano and now Next at Home.
When Next at Home opens next month is will take over the last empty unit, and join B&Q, Halfords, Pets and Home, Brantano and Dunelm Mill.