retail park jobs boost

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Plans for a multi-million redevelopment of a Rugby retail park could create more than 300 new jobs for the town.

The Elliott’s Field Retail Park planning application has been submitted to Rugby Borough Council. The proposal includes a number of changes to the scheme following a public consultation last year.

The £35 million revamp of the retail park, just off Leicester Road, could create around 313 new jobs if the plans are approved, meaning around 657 people would be employed on the site.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said: “It’s great news. We are doing better than others but any new jobs in Rugby are welcome. It will mean there will be more job opportunities, particularly for young people.”

If approved, the new retail park would feature a full-line Debenhams store which would offer cosmetics, womenswear, menswear, homeware and a cafe/restaurant.

In total there would be 15 new retail units offering space for fashion and homewear brands. There would also be a cafe and/or restaurant and ‘major improvements’ to the outside area.

The majority of the existing shops at the retail park would be demolished to make way for the new shops.

Hammerson, which owns the site, said the current units are not suitable for modern requirements, but Pizza Hut and Halfords will remain.

Hammerson said it could not as yet confirm the identity of any other retailers which will be moving on to the site.