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1,500 jobs plan for shopping centre.

UP to 1,500 new jobs could be created after plans were unveiled to boost the number of shops and eateries at one of Britain's biggest shopping centres.

Consultation has begun on an application to extend up to 20% of the existing retail and catering space at Bluewater in Greenhithe, near Dartford, Kent. Since it opened in March 1999, Bluewater has more than 330 stores spread over 1.6 million sq ft and attracts around 28 million visitors a year.

The anticipated 1,500 new jobs would be made available to local residents through the centre's on-site training and recruitment unit, the Learning Shop. Bluewater said the plans would build upon its "aspirational tenant mix, reinforcing its position as Europe's leading retail, leisure and events destination".
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 8, 2012
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