A RETAIL chain is bringing a new store and 70 new jobs to the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool.
TJ Hughes has signed a ten-year lease to move into the centre.
The Liverpool based retailer, which specialises in famous brands at discounted prices, will be opening their 11th store in the UK.
It will be taking a 38,000sq.ft unit and will open next to Primark.
Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “TJ Hughes will be a great addition to the mix of retailers we have in the centre and we look forward to welcoming them in the early autumn.
“Taking our largest unit shows a real commitment from TJ Hughes – for both the centre and the town.
“We are confident that this announcement is also the start of a series of new store opening announcements over the coming months. Each will continue to demonstrate our commitment to our shoppers and the centre’s future.”
TJ Hughes chief executive Anil Juneja, said: “ I am delighted to be opening in the Middleton Grange shopping centre. The TJ Hughes offering is perfect for the current economic climate, famous brands that people know and trust at affordable prices to suit every household budget, there is something there for all the family.”
Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the shopping centre and the town as a whole.
“With the recent launch of the Hartlepool Vision, we are looking forward to a bright and exciting future for Hartlepool and this announcement clearly demonstrates that TJ Hughes shares our confidence.”
The positive development has been welcomed after M&S made the announcement in late July that it was planning to move to the Anchor Retail Park after decades of being based at Middleton Grange.
All of the 50 M&S staff will be offered jobs at the new outlet.