120 jobs promise in new store scheme

By David Newble

Thursday, March 7, 2013


120 jobs promise in new store scheme

From left, David Neame, from Neame Sutton Planning Consultants Ltd, and Nadia and Peter Harding, of Place Road Properties. Picture by Robin Crossley.

AROUND 120 jobs would be created if plans to site a new retail store on the Isle of Wight are approved.

Home, leisure and garden retailer, The Range, wants to open a new store in the former Readers building, in Place Road, on the outskirts of Gurnard Parish Council's boundary.

The existing building would be refurbished and served by a 190-space car park.

The company has no plans to extend the building, with around 30,000 sq ft of floor space, and the existing self-storage units at the site would be retained.

Around 30 people went to an exhibition and consultation into the scheme, at Cowes Isle of Wight Community Club on Thursday, last week.

Topics discussed at the event included extra traffic which would be generated by the scheme, ensuring there would be sufficient car parking at busy times and the how the proposals would affect local roads.

Studies of similar stores suggest the store would attract up to four vehicles a minute over the peak weekend periods.

David Neame, from Neame Sutton Planning Consultants Ltd, said a planning application would be submitted once the feedback from the consultation had been examined.

He said the 120 jobs would be full and part-time: "The vast majority of those posts would be filled from the local area because of the nature of the business.

"Nobody who attended was against the scheme, which was a massive encouragement to us."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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