West Sussex retail park set to create hospitality jobs

Developers keen on building an out-of-town retail park in Rustington have said it could create employment opportunities for the region, including a host of hospitality jobs.

Plans for the centre, which will be located just south of the A259, will see five large stores erected as well as a restaurant, meaning there could be opportunities for those keen on securing hospitality and bar work.

The Littlehampton Gazette reports that developers, Totem Commercial, have already secured one big name store as an anchor tenant, which would help to attract customers to the park.

Stephen Selway, from the firm, told the newspaper that he couldn't yet name who would be the 'big name' for the park but said it could bring a good deal of jobs and money into the region.

"We believe that this scheme will have significant economic benefits for the area," he is quoted as saying.

"Providing suitable accommodation for these retailers will not only help to retain the existing retail spend, reducing the need for people travel to other towns for their shopping, but it will also help to draw additional shoppers into the area."

As well as the anchor tenant, there are reported to be a wide variety of other sorts of shops on the park too, alongside the restaurant.

The developers have put a good deal of effort into ensuring that the retail park isn't generic or dull, with buildings set to have green, growing roofs and sedum plants.

It is believed to be one of the first retail parks in the country to have such features and it is hoped that it will help the facility to stand out.

Anyone in the area who is interested in what the park will look like and include has the chance to discover more about the facilities during two public presentations.

These will take place at the John de Bohun Room, at the Woodland Centre, in Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, on Monday (February 4th) and Angmering Village Hall on Tuesday.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions