Mixed reaction to TK Maxx plan for old JJB Sports site in Yeovil
There has been a mixed reaction to news that fashion outlet TK Maxx is to open a new store near Yeovil this autumn.
Residents concerned about Yeovil’s town centre voiced disappointment on the Western Gazette’s Facebook page that the new store will be outside of the town.
But the prospect of around 40 new jobs for people in the area has been well received.
Laura Jayne said: “It’s about time some of these shops are being made into something helpful and not just charity shops. It will hopefully offer a few jobs to local people in Yeovil. I will definitely be applying.”
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Mark Hemmings said: “Anything that brings job opportunities to Yeovil has to be welcomed.”
But others were less positive, claiming the store is like a “jumble sale” and is too expensive.
David Bailey said: “If it’s as good as the ones I have visited in Taunton, Torquay and Bristol then it will be the best jumble sale in town.”
Kerry Boreham said: “It’s a waste of time – they will be out of business in two years maximum. Unless you are a designer nut, the only good thing is the homewear.
“It’s still too expensive when you can just pop next door to Matalan and buy it cheaper.
“I’d rather see businesses making the move to the town centre, not outside it, as it needs a big uplift.”
Many have voiced concerns about the store’s location in Peel Retail Park at the bottom of Babylon Hill, where it will occupy the former JJB Sports premises.
Heather Moxham said: “Yeovil town is dying and I no longer shop there, even though I live here. We don’t need another shop out of town.”
Claire Davies said: “It’s great that we are getting bigger shops, but it would help Yeovil more if it was located in the town centre rather than outside of the town.”
Rosie Irvine raised the issue of traffic congestion. She said: “If it brings business to the town then great, but if it’s busy, it will bring traffic chaos to this end of town.”