New Riverside store set to create 80 jobs


THE owners of Riverside Retail Park say the planned £4m redevelopment of a vacant unit could result in 80 new jobs.

Isle of Man-based Kelvin Properties has lodged a planning application to build a new 40,000 sq ft shop complete with garden centre to replace empty premises beside Poundstretcher.

The project's construction is expected to sustain around 60 jobs, they say.

While the firm has not yet revealed the new tenant's name, documents accompanying the application suggest it will be a retailer of “bulky goods.”

The new warehouse unit is around four times the size of the vacant unit it replaces.

The firm's submission states that the development will create much needed jobs during the construction phase and once the proposal is open and trading.

“The proposal will result in a circa £4m investment by the applicant, around 80 retail jobs with a further 60 construction jobs likely to be associated with the development.”

The application was lodged with Causeway Coast and Glens planners earlier this month.

Richard Bowman from Gravis Planning who are managing the application, said: “This proposed development represents further investment in Riverside Regional Centre by Kelvin Properties which will create much needed jobs for the area.

“The park is also a significant revenue raiser for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council through in excess of £2m in rates per annum from current tenants within the park and opportunities for development should be strongly supported to maintain and maximise this important retail asset.’’

Kelvin Properties insist all the necessary infrastructure is in place to accommodate the new retailer including “ample on site car parking essential for the sale of bulky goods and customer convenience, an existing service yard purpose built to accommodate large HGV vehicles as required by such retailers, four existing access points and a surrounding public road network providing easy access for vehicles and pedestrians with access to public transport.

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