10:23 Friday 27 December 2013

Bed retailer to move into former Comet store

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

The former Comet store in Union Street which is to become Bensons for Beds The former Comet store in Union Street which is to become Bensons for Beds

A MAJOR bed retailer is to open a new store in Burton, it has been revealed.

Bensons for Beds is to take over the site of the former Comet store in Union Street, providing the town with a jobs boost heading into the new year.

The closure of Comet just over a year ago was a major disappointment for the town, with jobs lost in the run-up to Christmas as the chain collapsed.

Work is already under way at the Union Street building, which bosses say could become the benchmark for all Bensons for Beds stores in the future.

The announcement will provide a boost for the town which has seen big names such as Woolworths, JJB Sports and HMV disappear from its streets in recent years.

It is not yet known whether the move will see the relocation of the Derby Street store, but in any case it will represent a major expansion for the firm in the town and see it take up a prominent position close to the town centre and the Coopers Square shopping centre.

It also comes after its rival bed retailer Dreams, in Middle Way Park, closed in September after the chain plunged into administration.

Bensons for Beds said the move would bring ‘new life’ to the dormant building.

A statement on behalf of the applicant Steinhoff UK said: “An existing Comet store, which is currently vacant, located in Union Street, Burton, is to be converted into a new Bensons for Beds store.

“This store has been identified as a potential store to move in line with the new concept in which Bensons envisaged all their stores to look like in the future.

“The interiors will reflect the current Bensons concept and we feel by making these changes it will bring new life to a currently vacant store.”

The Comet store was one of more than 200 across the country which closed late last year as the electrical and household equipment store struggled to compete with online rivals.

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