TWO major developments which will create nearly 100 new jobs in Gainsborough this year have been launched in the town.
Work on the new £2m neighbourhood shopping scheme off Corringham Road has started – and coincides with rapid progress being made by contractors on the highly visible Lincolnshire Otter site.
The Corringham Road retail scheme includes a 4,000 square foot Spar shop, with five smaller units and parking for 34 cars.
On completion in time for Christmas, it will mean more than 40 full and part-time posts in the Spar store and the other units on the site backing on to the Trent Valley Academy campus.
Meanwhile, Marston's Inns and Taverns confirmed this week that the autumn opening of its new Gainsborough family pub off the busy A631 Thorndike Way junction with the Somerby Park industrial estate will mean 50 new jobs.
The Corringham Road scheme is being delivered by West Lindsey-based company Tillbridge Developments – with building work being carried out by the Gelder Group who are based locally at Sturton-by-Stow.
The scheme will be completed in December and once fully opened will provide a much-needed facility to the uphill area of the town.
"This is the first of several joint ventures the Gelder Group is delivering for Tillbridge Developments," said managing director Steve Gelder, who also lives locally.
"The next will be a new Sainsbury's local in Lincoln and a Tesco's in Nottingham.
"This means that this partnership is not only creating 40 new jobs within Gainsborough, it is also securing many more – because many of our 370 staff are located in the Gainsborough area."
Marston's are confident that Gainsborough is the ideal location for the latest in its ongoing building programme.
The company is the UK's largest builder of new public houses and is now part-way through a three-year plan to build 60 new food pubs.
"The building work for Lincolnshire's new family pub and restaurant is under way – with construction around six weeks in," a spokesman for the company said.
"The Lincolnshire Otter will be a Two-for-One pub restaurant and will create around 50 jobs.
"It is set to open this autumn."