Tuesday, July 16, 2024

New Next at Southend Airport Retail Park opening very soon

A NEW Next store is set to open at a south Essex airport retail park in just a number of weeks, creating more than 30 new jobs for the area reports the Local Democracy Reporter.

The fashion and home retailer is launching the new shop at the Southend Airport Retail Park in Rochford on July 31. 

Bosses at the chain have also revealed the new store will create 36 jobs for the borough. The retail park off Rochford Road, next to Southend Airport, already offers a number of businesses including a B&M Bargains store along with Pets at Home and Argos, plus a McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant.

Next will be taking over the Oak Furniture Land shop, which has stood as a vacant unit since the store shut for good in August 2020 during the height of the Covid pandemic. 

James Newport, Lib Dem leader of Rochford Council said: “We always welcome investment in our area and it’s good to see more jobs being created as well. Next is obviously a popular store and it’s good to see the business opening a new store in the area.

“The retail park does do really well and has a good mix of businesses already and I think residents and shoppers will be very pleased and supportive with this new business. I think having jobs in the area is really important and people don’t always want a long commute to work.

“I want to really encourage more businesses to come to Rochford, not only is it a good place to work and live but it’s a great place for business too and I want to encourage firms to come and make use of our talented people and workforce in the borough.”

A spokesman for Next said: “We can confirm that the new Next store at Southend Airport Retail Park will open on Wednesday July 31 at 9am. 36 new jobs have been generated from the store opening. Works started on the shop on April 22.”

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