Dunelm store will bring jobs to Cannock

A home furnishing chain will take over a new store at a struggling retail park in Cannock, creating scores of jobs.

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Dunelm will move into the new unit at Linkway Retail Park after a deal was signed.

The park, which is home to McDonald’s and Halfords, was the first out-of- town shopping site to be built in Cannock back in 1988.

It has been hit by a series of closures but now one of the vacant units is being rebuilt and extended at the park, off the A5 at Longford Island.

Dunelm will take over a 20,000 sq ft unit being rebuilt on the plot of the former Focus DIY store, which has stood empty for nearly two years since the firm went into administration.

Brian Thompson, a director at chartered surveyors Thompson Heaney, said: “We have signed with Dunelm who are going to take over the old Focus unit which is being rebuilt. The deal has only just been signed so I am not aware of details of jobs but a store that size will obviously create employment.”

He said the park was being split into another five units and interest had been shown in all of them.

He added: “It has been a very difficult process but we are pleased to make this announcement and it shows the market is picking up.