Mid Wales

Welshpool shops and restaurant plan to create 125 jobs

Part of the plan
Image caption The shops are earmarked for part of the former livestock market

The next phase of a project to redevelop part of a Powys town centre is expected to create 125 jobs, say developers.

Three shops, costing about £2.5m, are expected to generate 75 jobs in Welshpool, says J Ross Developments.

Meanwhile, brewers Marston's have been given the go-ahead to build a 180-seat restaurant, which will create another 50 jobs.

The projects are set for land on the town's former livestock market.

The site is near a Tesco store, which opened in February.

The latest scheme is part of a continuing redevelopment of the old market site.

'Incredibly excited'

J Ross Developments said work would start on the restaurant next month ahead of an opening next spring.

However, plans for the shops, which also include a cafe, are still in the early stages.

Steve Roberts, a spokesman for Marston's, said the business was "incredibly excited" that planning permission for the restaurant had been granted.

Spencer Cooper, a director of J Ross Developments, said the aim was to complement existing shops and restaurants and make the town "the destination choice for shoppers and holidaymakers from outside the area".

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