More than 700 jobs will be
created in Rugby after fashion retailer Gap decided to move to the
The clothing company will open
a major distribution, administration and e-commerce centre at the
Coton Development Area at the junction of the M6 and Leicester Road.
The 1.4m sq ft office and
distribution building will create a range of jobs using a variety of
skills. Around 600 jobs will be in distribution, with 100 more in
Bosses at the American firm,
based in San Fransisco, chose Rugby ahead of competition from other
towns and cities all over Europe.
As well as looking at the site
they inspected schools and houses in the town to make sure it was a
suitable area for their staff to settle.
If Rugby councillors give the
go-ahead to the plans at a meeting tomorrow, building work on the
first of two warehouses and the offices will be completed by June next
Rugby Borough Council’s
chief executive Diane Colley said:
represents a major inward investment success for the area and is
”We understand that the
company was impressed with both the location and the opportunities
which the borough had to offer, and chose Rugby over some serious
“This is good news for Rugby and the council is keen to work
with Gap to maximise the opportunities for the local community.”
She added that the Coton site,
which will be a mix of commercial, industrial and residential
buildings, had attracted a lot of interest.
At least 800 homes will be
built on the site and around 150 acres will be used for commercial
use, with an equal split between distribution and traditional
Ms Colley added:
“Rugby’s location is
very attractive to potential investors, given its easy access to
road, rail and air networks.
“A company with an
international reputation such as Gap sees these factors as critical
to their plans.”