Seventy jobs are to be created in Jersey when the Channel Islands Co-operative completes its £16m development in the Charing Cross area of St Helier.
The site will include a 5,000 sq ft Co-operative Locale store, which is expected to open in November 2017 with the creation of 35 jobs. The store will add to the society’s growing portfolio of convenience stores and has a focus on fresh food and food ‘to go’.
A 93-room Premier Inn hotel will also be built on the site and will open in April 2018, creating a further 35 positions. A separate 2000 sq ft retail unit is due to open next year.
“This is great news for the local economy, especially following the recent announcement of record employment figures in the island,” said Jim Plumley, chief development officer at the Channel Islands Co-operative Society.
“We’re really pleased with the progress of the Charing Cross development nine months into the construction phase. The new building is starting to take shape, and the concrete structure is growing in size.”
Figures released in early October showed 60,320 people in Jersey were employed during June 2016 – a record high for the island, attributed to a rise in full time jobs and zero hours contracts in the private sector.
“It’s fantastic to see the involvement of the local community in the project, with the creation of a public art display on the hoardings and the exciting plans to transform Pitt Street into a ‘River of Light,” added Mr Plumley.
In April, Channel Islands Co-operative reached a deal to give three historic buildings on St Helier’s Pitt Street and Dumaresq Street to the National Trust for Jersey, which will be restored in conjunction with the wider development of the Charing Cross area.
The society also recently announced plans to improve the delicatessens in each of its Grand Marché stores, giving local producers the chance to provide products which have not previously been available in all Jersey supermarkets.
The range will include Jersey beef bresaola, pancetta and salami using local pork, Jersey Royal potato gnocchi, Classic Herd cheese and fresh local pasta and complimentary sauces.