Three businesses to open in Huntingdon’s Chequers Court

The new shops will be, from left, Magnet, Robert Goddard and Three

The new shops will be, from left, Magnet, Robert Goddard and Three - Credit: Archant

Three more businesses are confirmed to be moving in to the new Chequers Court shopping development in Huntingdon.

Both phone firm Three and high-end clothes outlet Robert Goddard already have outlets in the town centre but are moving to bigger premises opposite Wilko and kitchens firm Magnet is also setting up shop in the large corner unit.

Shopfitters are currently working in the three adjacent shops.

At present Three is based in St Benedict’s Court and Robert Goddard, part of a regional chain, is in the older part of Chequers Court.

Oliver Tookman, managing director of Robert Goddard, said the new shop would open in the middle of June.

He felt Huntingdon was on the up, although the range of shops available in the town in the past meant shoppers had been drawn to places like Cambridge and Peterborough.

Mr Tookman said new shops would encourage people to shop locally - and that the town was starting to benefit from a Cambridge effect in which people were moving out of the expensive city to a more affordable Huntingdon.

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He said the new shop, which was much bigger than the old one, was a new concept in design and would look like the inside of a Georgian house.

A Three UK spokesman said: “We are relocating our Huntingdon store to brand new premises at Chequers Shopping Centre. The new store will feature all the latest technology and provide an even better level of service for local people.”

Jobs at the new store will be filled through the relocation of staff from the old Three outlet. No new jobs are being created but all existing staff have been retrained.

The opening date for Three has also not yet been given.

the new branch of Magnet will be opening in early July, although a spokesman for the firm said they could not give an exact date or say how many staff would be needed at this stage.

The development has already seen the opening of a Marks and Spencer foodhall, Next, TK Maxx, Cards Direct and Caffe Nero and the Hunts Post told earlier this month how a planning application had been made to convert two other units into food outlets.