More than 30 new jobs for Spalding town centre

NEARLY READY: The former Burton Menswear store is being converted for Costa. SG100913-141TW
NEARLY READY: The former Burton Menswear store is being converted for Costa. SG100913-141TW

More than 30 jobs will be created in Spalding with the opening of frozen food chain Iceland and Costa Coffee.

Iceland will employ 20 people when it opens in the former Allied Carpets store on Winfrey Avenue, on Tuesday, October 1.

OPENING DATE: Iceland will open in Spalding on October 1. SG100913-146TW

OPENING DATE: Iceland will open in Spalding on October 1. SG100913-146TW

Acca Ltd, which is operating the Costa Coffee franchise, is set to open in the former Burton Menswear store, in Hall Place, before the end of the month and will have 12 employees.

Builders are expected to finish fitting out the coffee shop by the end of this week.

Agents for Acca said: “A Costa Coffee in this location would support the vitality and viability of Spalding and bring associated economic benefits through linked spending in the surrounding area.”

Iceland area manager Steve Cropper said his firm’s new store represents a “considerable investment” in Spalding.

He said: “We are delighted to be opening our new store on Winfrey Retail Park.

“Our range of frozen, fresh and grocery will add greatly to the food shopping choice in the Spalding area as our nearest store is over 14 miles away.”

Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett said it’s great news that big brands are opening in Spalding as it will encourage others to follow.

He said: “There were jobs in both premises before the closures, but I think these numbers are an increase so there will be a net gain in employment, which is exactly what Spalding needs.”