Deal agreed for Tesco and Marks & Spencer to move into Aber

photo (1)TESCO and Marks & Spencer are to open in Aberystwyth after contracts were exchanged with Ceredigion County Council for the proposed development on Mill Street.

Currently a car park, the plans will see a 37,000 square foot Tesco and a Marks & Spencer outlet open on the site.

The development is expected to bring 280 full-time equivalent jobs to the town and the Council will be working closely with developer Chelverton Freely to deliver recruitment for the long-term unemployed as part of the construction workforce as well as creating apprenticeships.

The scheme will also include 550 car parking spaces, almost all of which will be free of charge for up to three hours, and the proximity of the car park to the exisiting town centre is expected to bring in an additional net turnover of £1.6m – £3.5m for local businesses.

But the plans have attracted controversy after the Council cabinet last year agreed in principle to evict three residents who refuse to leave their homes which lie in the way of the planned supermarket.

And there had been earlier protests in 2011, after the Council closed the long-running Day Centre on Park Avenue to make way for the development.

Ellen ap Gwynn, leader of Ceredigion County Council said “This is excellent news for Aberystwyth and for Ceredigion. The Mill Street development will play a huge part in realising the Council’s priority of making Aberystwyth a more vibrant and prosperous place to live, work and visit.

“In the current economic climate the commitment shown by Tesco and Marks and Spencer is a big boost to our efforts in bringing about the kind of economic development that will allow Aberystwyth to thrive in the years ahead.”

It is hoped that the development will be completed and trading by Christmas 2016.