‘Landmark’ 65 m store opens at last

Image copyright Kier Construction Image caption The external perimeter of the building is a mile around

A new PS65m megastore’s opening has been described as a “landmark” in the regeneration of Merthyr Tydfil.

The Trago Mills discount department store will utilize 350 people and has taken 18 months to build but has been almost 30 years in the planning.

It will also include the town’s first tourist information centre for three years.

The development next to the Cyfarthfa retail park also includes independents ranging from bakeries to hairdressers.

Proposals first emerged for a store in the Pentrebach area in 1990, back to before the retail park was constructed off the A470.

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Media captionPeople in Merthyr Tydfil share their thinks about the new complex

But there were planning and economic issues.

Council leader Kevin O’Neill said: “The local authority is thrilled to see Trago open after many years’ anticipation – not just because it’s a fantastic addition to Merthyr Tydfil’s shopping offer but also because it’s another landmark in the overall regeneration of the district borough.”

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