National retailer heading to Weston?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

ABOUT 100 jobs could be created in Weston if plans for a new shop are given the go-ahead.

ABOUT 100 jobs could be created in Weston if plans for a new shop are given the go-ahead.

National home, leisure and garden company The Range has applied to take over the MFI and Carpetright units at Weston Retail Park off Marchfields Way.

If backed by planning chiefs at North Somerset Council, the development would consist of a new rear extension, garden centre, cycle parking and amendments to the current car park layout.

The Range originated in the South West and the first superstore was opened in Plymouth in 1989.

There are now 40 stores across the UK including as far as Doncaster, Southampton, Rochdale and Swansea.

It sells a range of products including furniture, DIY products, arts and crafts, camping equipment, pet care items and garden features and machinery.

Weston's Chamber of Trade and Commerce president, Chris Knight, thinks the development would be good news for the town.

He said: "If it brings jobs into Weston it has to be a good thing.

"Filling slots at the Weston Retail Park is also great for the town."

Planning documents, which were submitted by Scottish Widows Unit Funds Ltd, on behalf of The Range, say the internal area of the shop will be 2,973 sq metres.

This includes the now vacant MFI, Carpetright and a building at the rear previously used for car repairs, which will be demolished to make way for an extension and garden centre.

The layout of the car park will also be altered with the provision of 124 spaces including four disabled bays.

The planning proposal is now on North Somerset Council's website. A decision is expected at the end of March.

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