SUPERMARKET giant ASDA is planning to create around 80 jobs at a new clothes store in Stafford.
The retailer is hoping to convert a unit on Queen's Retail Park which is currently being used by Dunelm into an ASDA Living clothes store.
Owners of the retail park, The Hercules Trust, has lodged a planning application with Stafford Borough Council.
It is thought the store, which will include a new cafe, will open in the New Year but an exact date has not yet been finalised.
A spokesman for the trust said: "The retailer has been looking to open a store to serve this part of the region for some time now and Stafford has been identified as the most appropriate location in this respect.
"This level of job creation is undoubtably significant and these positive impacts should be afforded appropriate weight in the application determination process." No jobs are thought to be lost at Dunelm - which is re-locating to the MFI's former base on Greyfriars Business Park.
If the change of use is approved, it will bring the total amount of people employed by ASDA Stafford - who have a large existing store in Queensway up to 631.
A decision is expected to be made early in the New Year.
Since 2004 the ASDA Living portfolio has grown to 26 stores, employing more than 2,030 people.
The added investment comes just weeks after M&S announced it is planning to build a new £70M store at Riverway and Morrisons unveiled plans to create a store on Kingsmead car park.