PLANS to create a major new Debenhams store at Cheshire Oaks could create up to 150 new jobs.
The new positions are expected to be created should the planned 60,000 sq ft development at the Coliseum Shopping Park be given the green light.
Plans for the ambitious development went on display yesterday with project leaders hopeful the store could be open next year if approval is granted.
The store would be the latest major development at the Coliseum Shopping Park, with a new Marks and Spencer due to open at the end of August and a Travelodge being created.
Debenhams has confirmed its Chester city centre store, Browns of Chester, would not be affected by the proposal.
Development spokesman Simon Hoare said: “If things go to plan then we would hope to be open about this time next year. We obviously need planning permission but we hope people will support our application.
“We believe this development will be good news for the area.
“These are new jobs being created, it is a totally new store. We would look to provide opportunities for people from the local area.”
A planning application is due to be submitted for permission to convert and extend the current First Choice Holidays and JJB Sports premises to create
the new Debenhams store.
The application would see a first floor created and an extension installed.
The Debenhams store would include a cafe and sufficient space to sell a wide range of products.
Ellesmere Port c ouncillor Justin Madders hopes the area’s residents would be given priority when jobs become available.
“We would have liked them to come into the town centre but are pleased a
major player like this is coming here,” he said.
“Hopefully this will create a large number of jobs and they are given to local people wherever possible.
“I hope the council will work with Debenhams to help ensure there are opportunities for the long term unemployed to get these jobs.”
The plans will remain on public view today at Unit 4A (next to M&S Simply Food) at the shopping park from 11am-4pm.
Local residents and businesses are invited to come and see the plans and comment on them prior to submission.