DOZENS of people lined up outside Scarborough’s newest store to get a first look at Next Home.
As the 9,000sq ft store opened its doors for the first time yesterday morning around 50 people were already eagerly awaiting in a queue outside the shop in Seamer Road Retail Park.
Staff gave out prizes to the first 100 customers, and the store enjoyed a busy flow of customers throughout the day.
The homeware shop is the only one of its kind under the Next brand in the region, with neighbouring Next Home shops as far away as Hull, Manchester and Gateshead.
A total of 35 new jobs have been created as a result of the opening, with more part time vacancies expected to be available over the Christmas period.
Store manager Andrew Smith said: “We have had a brilliant opening of the store. “We have received furniture orders already, and everybody seems really impressed with what we have on offer.
“I think the store will really help to draw people to the retail park. I live in York, and would definitely drive through to Scarborough for it. It is the only one in the region so I think a lot of people will do the same thing.”
While attracting shoppers from across the region the two storey store is also expected to keep locals shopping in Scarborough.
Liam Elliot, of Scarborough, who was shopping in the new Next Home with wife Stephanie and sons Logan, two, and LJ, six months, said: “We really like it. Before we would have had to order stuff like this on line or go through to York.
“We are really quite privileged to have something like this in Scarborough.”
Katharine Bagley, 71, of South Cliff, and her friends were equally impressed.
She said: “I always went to York, but I’m very impressed with this. Everything is beautifully displayed and reasonably priced.”
Former Scarborough shop owners Derrick and Gwen McNally, who had Tops and Co in St Thomas Street, were also browsing.
They said: “From outside we didn’t think it was very big the depth is amazing.
“We always shop in the town when we can and are great believers in shopping locally. Hopefully this new shop will encourage other people to do the same.”