350 jobs set for Cwmbran as superstore opens
6:30pm Tuesday 8th January 2013 in News
A NEW supermarket, creating 350 new jobs will be opening in Cwmbran later this month.
The finishing touches are now being applied to the store on the northern end of the Meritor site in Grange Road for supermarket chain Morrisons to open for business on Monday, January 21.
As well as the 37,000 sq ft store, there is also a petrol station, which is already open, and there will be a café and a 497-space car park.
Around 150 full-time positions have been created and 200 part time jobs. Morrisons will be joining Asda, Sainsburys, Lidl and Aldi in the town.
Future plans for the site also includes a hotel, pub and offices.
More than 100 jobs are expected to be created over the next five years as part of a £36 million investment into the brake business at Meritor’s Cwmbran plant.
The regeneration project began in 2010, due for completion in 2014 and is supported by the Welsh Government through the Single Investment Fund.
Plans for the supermarket were approved unanimously by Torfaen council back in 2011 at an extraordinary council meeting.
Councillors were supportive of the plans, which also included outline planning permission for a 60- bedroom hotel with the option of a pub or restaurant, and two office blocks, creating around 270 jobs.
A £7.5 million bond was paid to the council to cover the remediation work for the area and the Arvin Meritor, now called Meritor, site.
Approval was also given for Meritor, to refurbish, partly demolish and extend the existing part of its factory.
The Cwmbran facility, which employs 450 people, serves the commercial and industrial vehicle market and exports 90 per cent of its products.
The investment involves reconfiguring the site, and totally refurbishing its production facility to be concentrated at the southern end of the plant, enabling land that is surplus to requirement to be released for further development in Cwmbran.
In September last year Meritor Inc announced an incremental investment of £10m in its Cwmbran site which builds on the £26m investment the company announced in 2010.