The news that Highbridge’s former Co-Op supermarket is to be redeveloped into a new Proper Job DIY store has this week been welcomed by the town’s Chamber of Trade.

As first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com, the building off Southwell Crescent in Highbridge, has been bought by Proper Job and will create six new jobs when it opens by early February.

Reacting to the news, Highbridge Chairman of Trade Mike Murphy said this week that the decision is “more great news” for the town.

He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The news of Highbridge being chosen for the 16th UK Proper Job superstore is yet another confirmation that the town has reached the turning point in its fortunes.”

“Proper Job represents another new destination for major area footfall into Highbridge.”
Mike added: “Naturally, I am concerned that this will impact on other local DIY businesses, in particular Highbridge DIY, where the owner has given many years excellent service as an electrician, a key cutting service and as a DIY materials and tools stockist. He is also a vital part of the annual Chamber Xmas lights display.”
“However, Highbridge is rapidly ‘joining up the dots’ of renewal currently supported by the fabulous new Sopha furniture store with its all floors, lift and coffee shop.”
“Clearly the bar has been lifted by this and other destination magnets Aldi and Travelodge joining Asda and the coming Highbridge Hotel/YMCA indoor sports facility.”
“With expanding industrial areas and already more than a thousand homes scheduled Highbridge is set to boom. We can only think that the vision seen by the management of national firms such as Proper Job seeing the potential of Highbridge will put our town on the map and herald a widening prosperity to the area.”

Proper Job’s plans for the site come after the Highbridge Co-Op supermarket shut down in October 2018.

Proper Job Manager Peter Tilley told Burnham-On-Sea.ccom: “This is a great location for us to open a new, larger Proper Job store – our 16th in the UK.”

“It’s a perfect size for a large outlet of Proper Job, it has ample parking, is close to the M5 motorway junction, and is located well for Bridgwater, Highbridge and the nearby villages of Mark and the Huntspills.”

Peter added: “Our existing Proper Job Burnham-On-Sea store in Adam Street will continue to operate as it is. There are no plans to make changes there. The new Highbridge store will be larger and, due to its size, will offer a larger product range covering DIY and tools.”

The announcement of the plans come after recent local speculation that the site could be earmarked for a new housing development.

Peter added that recruitment will begin shortly for the new jobs. “Six positions will initially be available, which we hope will rise to 10 in time.”

It’s a boost for Highbridge town centre, coming just a few weeks after brand new furniture shop Sopha opened.