GREAT Yarmouth’s Market Gates has been handed a pre-Christmas boost with the announcement that top outdoor brand Trespass is taking a prime unit.

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The move, into the vacant Dorothy Perkins store at the main entrance, is being tipped as a show of confidence in the town where the economic down-turn has thrown up a clutch of empty shops.

The Glasgow-based chain sells ski-wear, accessories and weather-related outerwear. It has more than 100 stores and is expanding quickly across the country, with more opening every week.

Nick Spencer, centre manager at Market Gates said: “I am delighted with the latest opening planned for Market Gates, and that we are introducing a new retailer to the shopping centre and town offering new products not currently available.”

He added: “Yet again it shows confidence from retailers in the centre and Great Yarmouth”.

Town centre manager Jonathan Newman said: “It is good news. It brings something to the town we have not already got. It is something people won’t have to go to Norwich for and it is important that such a prominent location is filled by a good retailer.”

More than 100 Trespass stores are in operation throughout the UK, along with a number of stores across Europe and one in Dubai. In Europe alone the company employs more than 1,000 people.

The Yarmouth store opens on December 13 bringing six new jobs.

Meanwhile a budget chain is bracing itself for a busy morning when it opens its doors for the first time at 9am tomorrow (Saturday).

B&M has taken over the prime out-of-town site in Pasteur Road, from Homebase, bringing a new name to the borough and 80 new jobs.

Store manager Ben Dorward who opened the Lowestoft branch in July, said if experience was anything to go by staff could expected a deluge of customers lured by giveaways and bargains.

He added the company had found a willing crop of quality staff, all of whom had been taken on on a permanent basis with no plans to cut jobs after the Christmas rush.

Meanwhile local people had already shown plenty of enthusiasm, with many trying the doors and wandering in while the re-fit was being carried out hoping to browse.

Announcing the move the company said it had had its eye on the town for at least two years and was delighted to be opening the large 30,000 sq ft store on December 8.

10 comments

  • Lovely picture of the shop which also highlights two young ladies dressed in chavvy clothes and trainers with a pram, typical of Great Yarmouth.

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    wes1975

    Sunday, December 9, 2012

  • of course its great news , an empty shop becomes an eyesore . and to have that in such a prime location makes it even worse . lets hope other retailers follow suit . goodness knows they would plenty of choices

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    phillip mitchell

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Just seen what B&M do-another pile it high tat shop. I suppose if the town is deliberately filled up by moving in the unemployed living on benefits and or those who are scratching around on the periphery with curiously empty shops which just might be genuine or might be money laundering or migration scams then that's what is going to be in demand, but the people with a bit of money are not going to spend it in a place that feels more like a derelict Northern town every day.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • I like Great Yarmouth, a lot and I want to see it prosper. I think it was a biug mistake allowing the clothes outlets in Gapton; a Next, TK Maxx & Outfit would have been great for the town centre. I really believe that Yarmouth has the bases to become a really attractive town [ e.g. market place, beach, harbour ] but it needs someone competent in charge to get there.

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    LLCK

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Sadly GY has become a poor shopping experience over the past 10 years.. The massive growth in Internet sales taken away from shops is reflected in our Internet shopping society. Wether this shop will create a new shopping experience in GY is doubtfull. The increase in chariety and cheap shops selling £1 products says much about the survival of our high streets.... Many cities have more empty shops than 5 years ago . Transfer 500 million yearly sales from shops to the Internet .. Then no wonder shops and stores will struggle or close..

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    Lionel

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • of course its great news , an empty shop becomes an eyesore . and to have that in such a prime location makes it even worse . lets hope other retailers follow suit . goodness knows they would plenty of choices

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    phillip mitchell

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Well, good luck to them, every little helps, and it is an area not well covered in GY since Millets moved out. However if the planners had refused permission for the Outfit shop on Gapton maybe DPs and the other brands in the same shop might have been still in town. helping to keep it alive. Plus Gapton remains inconvenient in times of busy traffic for those who are not residents of the Gorleston side of the borough . What a shame that local business Coopers could not have put a branch in the Homebase store, because B&Q has driven hardware and electrical and other related traders out of business but does not bother to carry the same stock those shops once sold-they cherry pick the most popular and package items in a way that makes them over expensive for the DIYer. The people who live in GY town and the northern villages who have to rely on public transport get a very poor shopping experience, one is no longer able to say with any certainty that it will be possible to find even the most mundane item in GY.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • "It is something people won’t have to go to Norwich for and it is important that such a prominent location is filled by a good retailer.” Dream on Newman !.

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    "V"

    Friday, December 7, 2012

  • Sadly GY has become a poor shopping experience over the past 10 years.. The massive growth in Internet sales taken away from shops is reflected in our Internet shopping society. Wether this shop will create a new shopping experience in GY is doubtfull. The increase in chariety and cheap shops selling £1 products says much about the survival of our high streets.... Many cities have more empty shops than 5 years ago . Transfer 500 million yearly sales from shops to the Internet .. Then no wonder shops and stores will struggle or close..

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    Lionel

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

  • Newman is just papering over cracks the size of the San Andreas fault.. His salary should be in direct relation to the number of shops in the town centre which actually sell new goods that cost more than £1

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, December 7, 2012

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