Next superstore to create 150 jobs at Hedge End in Hampshire

The Next superstore under construction at Hedge End

The Next superstore under construction at Hedge End

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A NATIONAL retail chain will open its second-largest UK store in Hampshire next month, creating 150 jobs.

Final preparations are being done at the Next superstore in Hedge End, which is only a fortnight away from opening.

It will stand at 60,000 sq ft, with two floors.

Originally planned to be a smaller home store on the opposite retail park, the retailer instead built the new £12m store over the road.

The store will offer a range of different departments, including clothing, homeware, decorating, DIY, as well as a garden centre, a bed shop, a lingerie room and shoe rooms.

It will also have a Costa Coffee cafe.

The store, at Wildern Mill, in Charles Watts Way, will employ 185 people, but some of these positions will be filled by people within the company working at other local stores.

Midas Group, which provides construction and property services across the south-west, designed and built the store and did the internal fit-out.

About 120 construction workers were involved during the 14-month project.

Crushed materials from the demolition of the old Wildern Mill buildings on the site have also been used in part of the construction to ensure that building materials are reused and recycled wherever possible.

To celebrate the opening the store will have a sleep expert to help answer your questions on how to get a good night’s sleep and to provide some helpful hints and tips.

Staff will open the doors on Thursday, August 7, at 10am.

Customers will be able to win prizes throughout the day.

Store manager Sean Hosey said: “This new concept store will be an amazing visual shopping experience for everyone.

“We have an amazing team who are all very proud to be part of what will not only be one of the largest stores within the company, but also a pleasure to shop in.”

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11:47pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Makes you wonder why we need all these shops. Great and another coffee shop as well. That's all we do is drink coffee these days.
Makes you wonder why we need all these shops. Great and another coffee shop as well. That's all we do is drink coffee these days. Stubs
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6:58am Sun 27 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

Stubs wrote:
Makes you wonder why we need all these shops. Great and another coffee shop as well. That's all we do is drink coffee these days.
You should have phoned the main man at next and told him. It would have saved them a fortune
[quote][p][bold]Stubs[/bold] wrote: Makes you wonder why we need all these shops. Great and another coffee shop as well. That's all we do is drink coffee these days.[/p][/quote]You should have phoned the main man at next and told him. It would have saved them a fortune elvisimo
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9:45am Sun 27 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Years ago Halfords used to be there and after that there was a furniture shop called Interiors. The shops were in a awkward place as it was near the main rd as you directly drive out sainsburys. Buy the time you see the shop you on the motorway heading towards Pompey.
Years ago Halfords used to be there and after that there was a furniture shop called Interiors. The shops were in a awkward place as it was near the main rd as you directly drive out sainsburys. Buy the time you see the shop you on the motorway heading towards Pompey. Stubs
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