Retail ‘boost’ for Flintshire's Bromfield Estate

Reporter:

Lois Hough

A MULTI-MILLION pound shopping park could be built in Mold.

A state-of-the-art retail centre earmarked for land on Bromfield Industrial Estate could create more than 100 jobs.

Shops on the £4 million development of more than 75,000 sq ft would sell mainly furniture and electrical goods.

Big names like Halfords and Comet are rumoured to be considering the site, although retailers are yet to sign on the dotted line. Electrical retailer Currys have also shown an interest following their move out of the town centre because their premises were too small.

A planning application has been submitted to Flintshire Council which ward members are supporting.

Mold Broncoed councillor Haydn Bateman told the Leader: “It is terrific news for Mold. There will be huge benefits, not least the 100 plus jobs for local people but the business opportunities too.

“This will be on the outskirts of town so shoppers can cut out all of the traffic.”

Cllr Batman said developers had been helpful in allaying concerns about the new park.

“There were fears that the industrial estate would become a rat run for people trying to get to the park but the developers have promised to install traffic measures to avoid that,” he added.

“There is even talks of them providing a shuttle bus from the estate to the town centre to cut down on traffic.

“I’m very excited about the future.”

Up to six new stores will be built in industrial units that have been empty since 2006.

More than 2,500 sq ft has also been reserved for ‘leisure’ use and will include a cafe or a restaurant.

Developers Savills say the park will not take away from the appeal of the town centre.

Associate director Tim Price said: “The proposal is intended to meet a deficiency that exists at present in Mold for the sale of large format bulky goods.

“The town currently only has one large retailer, Homebase, which results in residents having to travel to Chester and Wrexham.

“The proposal will not have an adverse impact on Mold town centre, rather it will help to retain shoppers locally, reducing the requirement to travel for retail goods, and benefitting other local businesses.”

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