RETAIL giant Next is moving into the former Borders store.
The company has confirmed it will relocate to the old bookstore – three times bigger than its current unit on The Coliseum shopping park – in spring of next year.
The move into the vacant premises, which will provide just under 30,000 sq ft of retail space, is likely to create new jobs.
The current premises only provides 8,124 sq ft of retail space.
A Next spokeswoman told the Pioneer: “We’re looking to open in May next year. It will be one of our largest store openings of 2011.”
She added that the new store would have women’s, men’s, children’s, homeware and sports departments.
The unit has been empty since Borders closed just three days before Christmas last year, after administrators failed to find a buyer for the struggling bookstore chain.
It resulted in the loss of more than 40 jobs.
Since then alterations to the store have been approved to improve its marketability.
The Equitable Life Assurance Company, which owns the retail side of The Coliseum, had planning permission granted by Cheshire West and Chester Council for a mezzanine floor space at the unit.
The store, which will also be subdivided, is the largest on the retail park.
Next had previously looked into adding a mezzanine floor space in their current store.
Earlier this year the agent acting on behalf of the owners said: “There are no large-scale retail operators requiring the space available in the Borders unit.
“The prospect of a long-term vacancy of the Borders unit or limiting the choice within Next is of no benefit to anyone.”