DEESIDE is getting a huge retail boost which will see dozens of new jobs created.
Discount store Diskos has just moved into the old Woolworths in Shotton and the long vacant B&Q store in Queensferry is reopening.
Sheffield-based GO Outdoors, camping equipment, outdoor clothing and accessories retailer, will move into the Chester Road-West premises in 2011.
Their new outdoor superstore will generate more than 40 retail jobs.
Managing director John Graham said: “Queensferry will be a significant store opening . North Wales is renowned for outdoor beauty. And the popularity of locations such as Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and Clwydian Hills made it a natural choice . “The spectacular increase in interest in UK holidays and money-saving camping adventures is a dramatic boost to our UK-wide expansion programme.
Shotton West councillor Ann Minshull says it’s terrific news.
She said: “I’m very pleased. It’ll be good for the community. We don’t want empty premises. Nothing looks worse. Open shops will attract more people into the town.”
Alyn and Deeside Labour MP Mark Tami said: “News that the former Woolworths store is to reopen comes fast on the heels of Wetherspoon's announcing their intention to open a major new bar in Shotton.
“It also comes as the St Modwens shopping centre in Connah’s Quay is taking shape.
“Combined, this represents an enormous investment in Deeside. “Many new jobs are set to be created and the town centres are revving up for a revival. This is more than a shot in the arm for the area. “It’s a clear and powerful signal of renewal.”