Business boost for Basildon as big names open new branches in town's retail parks

Echo: Happy staff at the new Costa coffee shop that's opened on the Mayflower Retail Park Happy staff at the new Costa coffee shop that's opened on the Mayflower Retail Park

RETAIL parks off the A127 are continuing to buck the recession after another two chains announced their arrival.

Costa coffee has just opened its store on the Mayflower retail park in Basildon, while Pets at Home has announced it will open another branch in the area at the Pipps Hill retail park on March 22.

The new stores will create local jobs and come just a few months after Marks and Spencer opened its new food store on the Mayflower estate.

A spokeswoman for Costa coffee said its new store would create between six and ten jobs.

She said: “We strongly believe coffee shops like Costa have a role to play in local investment and employment.

“We’re delighted to be opening a new Costa store at the Mayflower Retail Park.

“We work closely with planning departments across the country to open new stores for the benefit of their local communities, creating new jobs and providing attractive and popular social meeting places.

“When we open in a new location we do all we can to integrate ourselves with the local community, getting involved with events, providing the store as a meeting space and helping with fundraising.”

The £390,000 Pets at Home store will go into a unit previously occupied by Poundstretcher, creating nine new jobs.

It will be the company’s second local store, the other is in Pitsea, and will offer thousands of products for dogs, cats, small animals, reptiles, chickens, birds, fish and wildlife.

There will also be a groom room and companion care veterinary surgery housed in the 6,000sq ft store.

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4:10pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

The unit that housed the Poundstretcher store is on the Heron Retail Park isn't it?

Poundstretcher having moved to a bigger unit nearer to B&Q
The unit that housed the Poundstretcher store is on the Heron Retail Park isn't it? Poundstretcher having moved to a bigger unit nearer to B&Q Cosmo Spring
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4:42pm Fri 15 Feb 13

StuckInTraffic says...

I thought it was on Pipps Hill Retail Park somwhere near B&Q and PC World, which according to their addresses are also on Pipps Hill Retail Park
I thought it was on Pipps Hill Retail Park somwhere near B&Q and PC World, which according to their addresses are also on Pipps Hill Retail Park StuckInTraffic
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6:03pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

StuckInTraffic wrote:
I thought it was on Pipps Hill Retail Park somwhere near B&Q and PC World, which according to their addresses are also on Pipps Hill Retail Park
the area where PC World is is The Heron Retail Park in Miles Gray Road.

Where the new M&S Food place is the Mayflower Retail Park

Pipps Hill Retail Park is opposite Heron Retail Park where the old Yardley's factory used to be.
[quote][p][bold]StuckInTraffic[/bold] wrote: I thought it was on Pipps Hill Retail Park somwhere near B&Q and PC World, which according to their addresses are also on Pipps Hill Retail Park[/p][/quote]the area where PC World is is The Heron Retail Park in Miles Gray Road. Where the new M&S Food place is the Mayflower Retail Park Pipps Hill Retail Park is opposite Heron Retail Park where the old Yardley's factory used to be. Cosmo Spring
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