Imagine a out of town shopping area such as Hanforthdean's Marks & Spencers outlet, but in the Stoke-on-Trent region?
Well this year after speaking to Tunstall Chamber of Trade chairman, Bill McDonald, I was utterly sold on his concept of turning the Goldendale Valley into such a retail zone. Closer to the Cheshire border than Stoke, with easy access from the A500 and A34, the Goldendale valley would be a prime spot.
Many much needed jobs would be created, other businesses in the area could benefit from knock on sales of such a park as visitors venture further into the region.
Sadly this isn't to happen on the out skirts of Tunstall, but it will be happening in the local area, hopefully boosting the local economy further as it's been announced that Marks and Spencer will be taking up Bill's dream in the North Staffordshire area as planning permission has been given by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council for construction of a 140,000 sq ft retail store for Marks & Spencer on the Wolstanton Retail Park.
The project will create over 100 jobs during the construction stage and is expected to create 250 jobs within the store.
With all of the plans for new retail parks, supermarkets and brand new shopping Centre, the next big news is the Blue Planet will finally be used as intended and not gathering dust and supply local and far away trade from it's vast hall.