Dozens of jobs are being created in Peterborough as a range of new shops arrive in the city.
It is expected that 30 staff will be taken on when sandwich and coffee shop Pret-a-Manger opens soon in Long Causeway.
And a further five people will be employed at nearby Australia-based clothes retailer Taking Shape, which throws opens its doors on Friday (1 November), and is aimed at women size 14 plus.
A spokeswoman for Taking Shape said: “We see a huge gap in the market here as now the majority of women in the UK are now “plus size” being size 14 plus.”
She said the value of the “plus size” market nationally was estimated to reach £6.26 billion by the end of the year.
An additional 30 jobs were created with the opening of the Wildwood restaurant in Cathedral Square last week.
The new arrivals join a long list of shops and cafes that have moved into the city recently including Nando’s, Patisserie Valerie, TK Maxx and Primark.
And writing in his column in the Peterborough Telegraph, the leader of Peterborough City Council Marco Cereste vows that the empty shops in Bridge Street will be occupied by next spring.
He states: “There is a growing group of companies wanting to come to the city. We’ve already had a number of enquiries about shop units on Bridge Street and we hope to have every unit filled by the spring.”