Two new stores set for Scarborough retail park

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SEAMER Road Retail Park is to be fully occupied with two major retailers on their way to Scarborough.

Next at Home has confirmed it will be opening a store at the site later this year, and the Evening News understands footwear retailer Brantano will soon follow suit.

Next Home store in Southhampton

Next Home store in Southhampton

The long-rumoured moves will see the park back to full capacity for the first time in a number of years.

It is not yet known how many jobs each store will bring or when they will open.

They will be moving into the unit which was formerly occupied by Allied Carpets, before it went into administration in August 2009 and closed its Scarborough branch.

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

Arthur Scott, of CBRE Investors, which manages the letting of the park on behalf of a UK pension fund, said: “We have conditional agreements on leases subject to work being done.

“Next at Home will take occupation once work has been done over the next six months.

“We are very excited about this new enterprise coming to this premier retail estate in Scarborough.”

Next’s decision to move their homeware brand to the town marks their second major investment in Scarborough after they moved to a massive, specially built new unit in the Brunswick Centre in September 2009.

Rebecca Young, spokeswoman for Next, said; “We are taking on a store on the Seamer Road Retail Park. The site will be 9,000 sq feet, and we are looking to open it around September time. However, it is still early days and that date could easily change as things progress.”

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.

For months two larger units stood empty. 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, spelling two empty units at the park once more.

In February this year Dunelm Mill opened in the former MFI unit, bringing 50 new jobs to the area.

When Next at Home and Brantano move they will take over the last remaining unit, joining Dunelm Mill, Pets at Home, Halfords and B&Q.