A discount health and beauty chain looks set for a move into Barnstaple.

Savers has lodged a planning application to install shopfront signs at 1-3 Northgate House, which was the former Argos store.

A health, home and beauty specialist, Savers has more than 400 stores across the UK. A Barnstaple store would be the first in North Devon.

Standing above the shop will be Anytime Fitness, which was given planning permission to convert the first floor of the building into a gym last month.

The gym is set to open in the new year, delivering up to five full time jobs and as many as 10 part time posts.

The Barnstaple High Street Argos store closed in July 2017, with the opening of a new Argos as part of Barnstaple’s Sainsbury’s store. It has stood vacant ever since its closure.