BANGOR is set for a jobs boost as two major retailers announced plans to set up shop in the city.
About 26 jobs will be created as Snowdonia Adventure will open on Caernarfon Road today while Greenwoods Menswear Ltd is due to open on Bangor High Street in October.
Snowdonia Adventure will create more than 20 full and part-time positions at the former Bennetts Electrical unit, which has been empty since early 2011,
Bangor Mayor, Cllr Doug Madge, welcomed news of a new store in the city.
He said: “I am very pleased to hear about it - it will bring a feelgood factor to Bangor."
The store will sell bikes, tents, caravan accessories, footwear and clothing, with brands such as Berghaus, Regatta, Karrimore, Hi-Tec and Craghoppers.
The 10,000 sq ft store, the largest of the company’s 62 UK locations, will offer a series of competitions and children’s activities throughout its opening day.
A Snowdonia Adventure spokesman said: “We’re delighted to be coming to Bangor - it’s a great city and we’re in a great location, so we’re very pleased.”
Cllr Edward Huw Williams, who represents Dewi ward, said: “It’s good to see this unit being filled, instead of staying empty and if it creates jobs, all the better.
“Jobs are scarce in the area and it’s a good thing that they’re coming to Bangor.”
Greewnwoods Menswear Ltd will create around six jobs when they open in the old JJB Sports unit.
Cllr Madge revealed the chain used to have a small shop on the High Streetand left the city around 30 years ago.
He added: “They must be very confident in Bangor to come back.
Gwynedd councillor Gwynfor Edwards, who represents Deiniol ward, said: “I’m really delighted that I no longer have to go to Wrexham to get my Greenwoods clothes!”
Cllr John Wynne Jones, Gwynedd Council’s economic portfolio holder, said the store was in a “strategic location” next to the city centre’s clock.
He added: “It’s great news and I can only praise everyone who has made efforts to get the store here.”