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12 jobs on the way in Shrewsbury caravan dealership expansion plans

By Sam Morris | Shrewsbury | Business | Published:

Up to a dozen jobs will be created at a Shrewsbury caravan dealership if expansion plans are approved.

Salop Leisure at Emstrey. Photo: Google StreetView.

Salop Leisure have lodged proposals with Shropshire Council for the development at the company's headquarters at Emstrey.

The plans include extra storage pitches, a building extension to provide more display space for motorhomes and campervans and expansion of the Love Coffee restaurant to create an outdoor seating area, gardens and a large children’s play area.

There will also be extra parking spaces for customers and existing dwellings close to Emstrey island will be relocated to another part of Salop Leisure’s land.

“To continue to take the business forward and to meet increasing demand for the services we offer, we need additional space,” said Salop Leisure’s managing director Mark Bebb.

"The expansion will allow the company to extend the business to cater for anticipated significant growth in domestic tourism, particularly caravan, lodge and motorhome ownership and increase the diversity of products that we offer to the leisure market.

“We need the extra storage capacity because our existing facility is full and we are currently having to reluctantly turn away customers.

"Owners are looking for somewhere safe, with the latest security systems, to store their touring caravans and motorhomes as they don’t have the space to park them on their drives at home.

“The Love Coffee café is very popular with visitors and local people who meet up over a coffee or light lunch.

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"The proposals will allow the café to be extended to provide an outside seating area, play area and additional parking.

“This is a very significant development for the company with future growth of the UK leisure industry in mind and is good news for Shrewsbury’s economy as we aim to attract even more visitors to the town and create more employment for local people.”

The plans have been announced as work on a new £4 million touring and glamping resort, Love2Stay, on land alongside Salop Leisure’s headquarters is making progress.

The resort will have 120 fully serviced touring caravan pitches, 22 luxury glamping tents, a BIOTOP natural swimming pool, spa facilities with hot tubs, a pilates and yoga studio and a well-equipped indoor fitness suite.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club has accepted Love2Stay as a prestigious affiliated site.

Sam Morris

By Sam Morris
Senior Reporter - @SamMorris_Star

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