Barnstaple’s brand new Next store has confirmed its opening date at the new Anchorwood Bank retail park.

The store will open on August 1, and is the first to announce its exact opening date.

The High Street Next store will close on July 26, and the new Next will create 15 new jobs.

It will also have a Costa coffee, and a home department.

Andrew Pegg, of Wessex Investors, said Iceland was hoping to open late next month, and DFS planned to open late August.

Developers could not confirm a completion date on the restaurant buildings, set to house Frankie and Benny's and Chiquito, at this stage.

Mr Pegg said: "We will be thrilled to see Next open on August 1.

"They have been committed to the scheme since it was on the drawing board and it's a huge endorsement of Barnstaple that they are making such a significant investment in their brand here.

"The fit-out is progressing well and the store will look fantastic when it opens."