40 new jobs as GO Outdoors moves to ex-Matalan site in Scunthorpe
MORE than 40 jobs will be created when an outdoor activities retailer moves into a former Matalan store in Scunthorpe.
GO Outdoors, one of the UK's largest outdoor retailers, will move into the empty store on Dudley Road and begin trading in May in a £1.5m development.
The unit was left vacant by Matalan when the business moved to Skippingdale Retail Park, in Scunthorpe, in October 2011.
The empty unit was used as a clearance store by Matalan from December 2011 to January this year.
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Its future had been undecided until now, although the Telegraph reported last year that GO Outdoors was considering moving to the site.
Rebecca Davey, GO Outdoors manager for the new Scunthorpe store, said: "North Lincolnshire and the Humber region is an important area for GO Outdoors.
"It's a wonderful region for camping, hiking, cycling and stunning outdoor areas like the Lincolnshire Wolds.
"We're looking forward to Scunthorpe becoming a key store in our UK portfolio."
A hand-made timber path will mark the entrance to the store, which will also boast a family-friendly six metre high indoor climbing wall for customers to experience indoor rock climbing.
There will be a range of different walking surfaces throughout the store, for customers to test out different types of footwear.
The 29,000 square foot store will also have more than 40 tents pitched and on display on a tent field.
The store will employ more than 40 people and offer more than 20,000 outdoor product lines.
Nic Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, said: "It is very positive a business like this is wanting to invest and bring jobs to Scunthorpe. It can only be a good thing for the area.
"The area is fantastic for outdoor activities and it is good that this has been recognised by a business."