Go Outdoors has been given planning permission to turn a former Tesco site in Chesterfield into a combined head office and store.
The building, on Meltham Lane, Whittington Moor, has been empty since 2010 when Tesco opened a larger shop on the other side of the Chesterfield by-pass at the former Dema Glass site.
Members of Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee were this afternoon told the national retailer would create 160 new jobs at the new store, which will sell outdoors clothing and equipment.
The company’s 100 head office workers currently based in Sheffield will move to the site in an integrated building which will include offices, meeting rooms and a staff gym.
The site will have 327 car parking spaces, including those for staff.
Cllr Terry Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for planning, said: “We are pleased to see this high-profile site, which has been empty for three years, being brought back into use.
“Go Outdoors is a well-established national retailer and the fact they want to move their headquarters to Chesterfield speaks volumes about the work we have been doing to attract inward investment.
“We have included a local labour and supplier clause within the planning conditions which means that the company will work with us to create employment and training opportunities for Chesterfield residents and use local businesses in their supply chain.”
Peter Swallow, chair of Destination Chesterfield, the town’s marketing campaign, welcomed the news.
He said: “The news that Go Outdoors is to relocate to Chesterfield further strengthens our town’s national reputation for investment and retail offer.
“As well as future head office and store jobs our proximity to the Peak District, coupled with excellent road links, will certainly attract more shoppers from outside the area to Chesterfield further boosting our thriving economy.”
In addition, plans by landowners Tesco to redevelop another part of the same site have been approved as part of the same planning permission.
It gives outline permission for a range of possible uses, such as offices, leisure and car showrooms, on land where the old Tesco petrol station used to be and also the northern part of the former Tesco car park.
A full planning application outlining a specific use would need to be approved before anything could be built.