Superstore scheme brings Doncaster jobs boost

An artists impression of a 40,000 sq ft store for national retailer Dunelm Mill due to be opened at Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster.
An artists impression of a 40,000 sq ft store for national retailer Dunelm Mill due to be opened at Wheatley Hall Road, Doncaster.

DONCASTER is set for a jobs boost after planning permission was granted for a new £3 million superstore on Wheatley Hall Road.

National retailer Dunelm Mill has announced it is set to move to a new site on Wheatley Hall Road, and a new pub and restaurant us set for the same site.

The Dunelm Mill move is expected to create an unspecified number of jobs, while the pub restaurant will bring work for 45 people.

Regeneration specialist St Modwen confirmed today it has been granted planning consent for a new 40,000 sq ft store for the national retailer on the site

On completion, Dunelm Mill will relocate from its existing site at Thorne Road Retail Park to the new £3 million store.

It will enable the retailer to expand its offer in Doncaster.

Work is scheduled to start in the spring, with completion due by the end of summer, said a spokesman.

The chain sells homeware ranging from soft furnishings to kitchen items.

As part of the ongoing re-development of the 13 acre site, formerly occupied by Tyco Electronics, construction work has also started on a new Marston’s public house, which is due to open in six months.

The new family-friendly pub is part of St Modwen’s plan to bring recreational facilities to the area and is expected to create around 45 new jobs. There will also be additional jobs created through the construction process of both buildings.

Richard Bannister, Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are delighted to have received planning consent from Doncaster Borough Council, which is part of our ongoing work to re-develop this prominent Doncaster site.

“We will continue to work closely with Dunelm Mill to ensure this new retail facility fulfils all their requirements.

“The regeneration of Wheatley Hall Road is progressing well and through the creation of new jobs is already having a positive impact on the local economy.

“In addition to the new Dunelm Mill store and Marston’s public house, we are bringing sports facilities to the area, this includes a ‘Goals Soccer Centre’, comprising of eight new artificial pitches.”

A Marston’s spokesperson said: “We’re delighted to be involved with this project.

“The finished pub will create around 45 new jobs in the area, and will offer a family-friendly pub-restaurant with seating for about 180 customers, a children’s play area, quality cask ales and fresh pub food.”