THE arrival of hundreds of new jobs to Burton has been welcomed by the town’s MP.
Up to 200 new jobs will be up for grabs after a planning application for a major extension to Coopers Square shopping centre was granted on Monday.
The £25 million project will create 11 two-storey shops, a major department store and a rooftop car park.
Rumours are circulating that the department store will be Debenhams, but officials have refused to confirm anything until ‘contracts were finalised’.
An announcement about the department store is due at the end of the week.
It is hoped the mammoth town centre transformation will be completed by Christmas 2013.
MP Andrew Griffiths said the news was ‘wonderful’ for Burton and everyone living in the area.
He told the Mail: “I really welcome the news that the huge extension, including a major department store, is happening in Burton.
“It will be a massive boost for jobs and in the local economy.
“I’ve been told we’re having a Debenhams store, which will be great.
“It will revolutionise shopping in the area and it’ll bring lots of shoppers and business from out of the area into town.
“I would like to congratulate the borough council for negotiating such a big investment in Burton.”
Richard Grosvenor, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for real development and new investment into Burton that will bring new jobs and new retail attractions to the town.
“Despite competition from nearby cities, Burton continues to attract shoppers and visitors and this new development, created by an organisation which has demonstrated success in other towns and cities, will be another string to our bow.”
Burton town centre manager Paul Howard said: “This investment will really put Burton back on the map for shopping.
“It’ll boost jobs, visitors and improve the appearance of the centre.
“It’s an exciting time for the people of Burton.”