4,000 Attend Whiteley Shopping Centre Recruitment Day

Friday, April 12th, 2013

British Land

Almost 4,000 people attended a recruitment day last week to find out more about over 1,000 jobs on offer at the new Whiteley Shopping Centre in Hampshire which opens next month.

The scheme, a joint venture development by British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), is one of only two shopping centres in the UK to open in 2013.  More than 50 new shops, restaurants and cafes will open at the £84 million development on the 23rd of May.

The open day was held at the nearby Solent Hotel in Whiteley and gave local people the opportunity to find out more about the type of vacancies on offer and speak to retailers directly.  Retailers who took part included Topshop, Next, JD Sports, The Entertainer and Starbucks.
Claire Barber, Head of Shopping Centre Asset Management for British Land, said:“We were thrilled at the level of interest retailers received on the day and are delighted that so many local people are as enthusiastic about the scheme as we are. The new shopping centre will bring more than 1,000 new jobs to the area along with a diverse range of retailer brands and we look forward to launching next month.”
Whiteley Shopping Centre will be anchored by a 60,000 sq ft M&S.  Other signed retailers include Topshop, Next, H&M, River Island, Clarks, The Entertainer, Mamas and Papas, Schuh, Paperchase, Claire’s Accessories, Moss, Boots, JD Sports, Bank and Sports Direct.  Cafés and restaurants include Costa Coffee, Frankie & Benny’s, Prezzo and Starbucks.  The scheme also features seven independent retailers from the local area and a monthly market for local retailers and producers.  The shopping centre will provide 1,500 car parking spaces
Whiteley benefits from a large and affluent catchment of 1.2 million people with an estimated £3.1 billion potential spend.  The catchment is set to expand further in the foreseeable future with 3,500 new homes at North Whiteley.
Situated between the two harbour cities of Portsmouth and Southampton and adjacent to an existing Tesco supermarket, the scheme benefits from excellent accessibility via junction nine of the M27.
In September 2012, British Land calculated the impact its £2.1billion development programme is having on communities across the UK. Between 2011 and 2015, British Land will have contributed £1.2billion to the UK economy and create 32,300 jobs through its construction projects. For every £1 million British Land spends on construction, it generates an estimated 31 jobs.
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