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International discount brand retailer TK Maxx is planning to open a new store at St. Modwen’s Phoenix Park development in Longton, creating over 50 jobs for local people.

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has submitted a planning application for the store which will mark the final phase of development at Phoenix Park. The plans also include two industrial warehouse units spanning 9,525 sq ft, generating a further 20 jobs. It is hoped planning permission will be obtained in the autumn to enable construction work to begin in early 2016, with TK Maxx set to open for trading in early 2017.

The site currently provides over 42,000 sq ft of retail space to big name brands including Curry’s PC World, Smyths Toys, Brantano Footwear and Pets@Home, along with a McDonald’s drive-thru restaurant and family pub and restaurant, The Pepper Mill, which is owned and managed by leading independent pub retailer and brewer, Marston’s.

Euan Lindsay, Senior Development Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Securing an international retailer like TK Maxx for the final phase is testament to Phoenix Park’s success and will further enhance Longton as a shopping destination. We look forward to securing planning permission for the TK Maxx store and the employment units to bring further investment and jobs primarily to Longton but also to the wider Stoke on Trent area.”

Lucy McGonigle, Communications Manager for TK Maxx, said: “Prominently positioned on one of the major gateways into Longton town centre, Phoenix Park provides the ideal location for us to expand and to further extend our products and services to our customers.

“We are very excited by our plans for the new store at Phoenix Park creating more than 40 full and part time jobs. The store will also broaden the retail choice Longton can offer customers, increasing the town’s draw as a shopping location.”