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Store has big plans for site.

A BIGGER Trago Mills store could be on its way to Merthyr Tydfil.

Work on the discount shopping and family leisure complex, promising 350 jobs, had been anticipated to start last month.

But a new planning application is being lodged with the council to increase the shopping area by a third - from 150,000sq ft to 200,000sq ft of retail space to bring the Merthyr project in line with the two sites in south-west England.

The leisure park attractions at the120-acre former Heolgerrig brickworks site at Swansea Road, will include a boating lake and karting track, wildlife area, outdoor and indoor play areas and restaurant warehousing. Offices, a petrol station and car parking are also planned.

Some pounds 12m has already been spent on transforming and preparing the land for the regional superstore scheme, which had been estimated to cost pounds 36m before the plans to extend the footprint.

Malcolm Sandbach, Trago Mills' group managing director, said the decision had been taken to upsize at this stage rather than extend at some later date.

He said: "We hope to make a start around Easter time next year."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 29, 2008
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