A NEW retailer will open its doors at Stane Retail Park later this year. 

Furniture Village is the latest big name to announce it will set up a new branch in Stanway when it moves into a two-storey retail unit in December.

The opening date for the store will be Boxing Day, which falls on a Monday this year.

The commercial director of Furniture Village, Charlie Harrison, said Colchester’s will be the company's 55th store.

He added: “Stane Retail Park is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.”

It is estimated that Furniture Village – which employs 1,140 people UK-wide – will create another nine new jobs at its Colchester branch, where it will make use of 17,800sq ft of retail space.

Matt Cloke, a director at Churmanor Estates, the company developing the site, said: “Taking advantage of the full height glazed frontages to three sides, the new showroom is the ideal fit for unit C, and we look forward to seeing [Furniture Village] open before the end of the year.”

The furniture store now joins shops like Marks and Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, Aldi, and B&Q at the retail park.