A NEW Somerset superstore is set to open in July - bringing 80 jobs to the county.

Home, leisure and garden retailer, The Range, has confirmed a new store in Yeovil will open to the public at 9am on Friday, July 12.

The new branch will be located on the site of the former Homebase store at Houndstone Park and will create 80 jobs.

"This is expected to be a fantastic boost to the local economy and is sure to be a positive addition to the area," said a spokesperson.

"The development works to transform the former Homebase site into a Range Superstore are well underway in preparation for the Grand Opening in July."

The Range was founded former market stall trader Chris Dawson, who opened his first store in Plymouth in 1989 under the name CDS (Chris Dawson Superstores).

There are now 170 Range stores across the UK and Ireland.

Chris said: “Opening a new store is always an exciting moment for the company and Yeovil is no exception.

"The job provision that comes with the new store should be a great boost to the local area."