FROZEN food giant, Iceland, has confirmed it will be opening a store in St Neots in the former Woolworths building. On Friday afternoon (January 9) the retailer said it had purchased the premises in the town's Market Square, as well as 50 other former Woolworths branches across the UK. A spokesman for Iceland said: "I can confirm that we have bought 51 of the former Woolworth sites, and one of those is the Woollies in St Neots." The announcement marks the return of Iceland to St Neots after they sold its former town centre premise to Marks and Spencer two years ago. Nick Canning, marketing director, added: "In response to widespread media speculation, I can confirm that following the successful acquisition of 51 Woolworths stores, Iceland will be creating in the region of 2,500 jobs across the country in the coming year. This is in addition to our existing new store opening programme. "We are confident we can help to support the local community in these towns who have lost a major high street retailer in Woolworths. "We aim to develop our business in 2009 by continuing to offer our customers fantastic value everyday across our range of frozen, grocery and chilled products."