A NATIONAL part supplier is the first business to snap up a spot at a new Weymouth industrial park.
Link Park on the Chickerell Link Road will see six business units created by the beginning of December 2012 and the first business to move in will be Screwfix.
The company which supplies bathroom, kitchen, electrical and plumbing supplies as well as tools and work wear will be hopefully beginning to fit out the premises at the end of October.
A spokesman for Screwfix could not confirm how many jobs would be created, but added: “We can confirm that Screwfix is currently looking to open a new store in Weymouth.
“The final timings are still to be confirmed, but it is anticipated that the branch will open during the early part of next year.”
Mickey Jones, the chief executive of DJ Property, the company developing Weymouth’s newest business park, said he was delighted to welcome the company to the town.
He said: “It’s very good for Weymouth and Portland that a large national brand wants to have a business in their town. It’s a vote of confidence for Weymouth and Portland and the economy.”
He said that more businesses would hopefully be announced for the site soon but added that his priority had been to build ‘high quality properties’ and then to find occupiers.
Mr Jones said: “With a quality build in a quality location there are quality employers waiting to go in.”
He added that the site on the Chickerell Link Road was a great location. He said: “It’s very visible – businesses that go there automatically get visibility to customers and businesses. That’s very important.
“That, coupled with a high quality building, basically creates its own market.”
Each new business space will be 4,120sqft.
Mr Jones said: “By the time it is finished there will be 100,000sqft of employment space and that will create a lot of jobs.”
Chairman of Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce Anna-Maria Geare said the announcement was ‘positive’ for the town.
She said: “Any sort of inward investment into the town is brilliant from a business point of view. We are very excited about Link Park.”
She added that people were seeing the borough as a ‘good business opportunity.’ She added: “Increasing employment in the area has to be a positive for us.”