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Plans for Parkeston Home Bargains store
9:00am Saturday 5th January 2013 in News
A DISCOUNT superstore will create scores of jobs and provide a retail complex with a new lease of life if plans are approved.
Plans by T J Morris to build a Home Bargains store next to the Harwich Gateway Retail Park, in Freshfields Road, Parkeston would create 45 jobs.
Tim Rainbird, the agent for T J Morris, said he hoped the development would attract more investment in the town.
He said: “It is an exciting development for the district especially in the current climate which has been very difficult for retailers.
“It’s a very positive sign for the town.
“This is a retailer who wants to trade in the district and that will promote and attract further investment to come forward – it gives everybody confidence."
But concerns have been raised over out-of-town retail units taking custom away from the high street.
Garry Calver, of Harwich Town Council, said: “Whilst all employment opportunities are welcome the big fear with this particular development is the increased risk to the foot-fall in the town centre.
“The high street’s confidence is fragile and any out-of-town development will be seen as a further threat to existing businesses.”