Jobs created with stores' arrival in Teignmouth
BIG retail brands are making a home for themselves in Teignmouth.
M&Co and Morrisons are establishing their brands in the seaside town.
Work is under way on the new Morrisons store at Broadmeadow and the town centre has enjoyed a boost with the arrival of fashion store M&Co.
The fashion chain opened a branch in the former Woolworths store on Saturday, April 28, creating 11 jobs.
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The new store will be spread over 5,000sq ft with fashion for men, women and children.
Andrew McGeoch, M&Co's marketing and business development director, said: "As one of very few retailers to be investing back into local high streets, we're sure Teignmouth shoppers will welcome the new store."
At the same time, Morrisons has started work on its new supermarket.
Morrisons was named as the preferred bidder to build a supermarket at Broadmeadow in 2010 in a deal brokered by the council under the then leader, Liberal Democrat councillor Alan Connett.
The £20million scheme also included redeveloping other parts of the site, including bringing former playing fields back into use, creating an employment area with business units and building new transport links.
The supermarket will be 20,472 q ft and will have a cafe, petrol station and parking for 288 vehicles.
Morrisons has previously said it will provide 225 jobs, rising to 280 in the summer.
The proposals aim to bring a £12million regeneration boost to the town with money being ploughed into much-maligned town centre sites.
The supermarket development could open within 12 months.
Teignmouth mayor Cllr David Cox said: "I'm very pleased to see the speedy progress of Morrisons.
"It is also very good to see a reputable retailer like M&Co investing in our High Street.
"Both will provide an important boost to our economy and offer the prospect of good jobs for local residents. It will also have positive knock-on effects for our businesses.
"However, we need to be mindful of our neighbours — Bishopsteignton and Shaldon — and make sure their shops are not adversely affected.
"Some sensible investment of the deal from the Morrisons windfall on things like improving parking in these villages will make sure this is a win-win situation."