DISCOUNT department store TJ Hughes is to set up shop at Dundee’s Wellgate centre in a 15-year deal.

The Liverpool-based retailer will move into the unit once held by BHS, with the doors set to open in in October.

Centre manager Peter Aitken called the deal “pivotal”, stating: “Not only will this national department store reinvigorate the centre but also provide a catalyst for other businesses to invest within the centre.

“The news is especially significant in light of the imminent opening of the Xercise4Less gym – together, these new tenants will enliven both entrances to the centre and generate a significant increase in footfall.”

The gym firm will open in the mall’s former TK Maxx store in July.

Stuart Moncur of letting agent Savills, which secured the deals, said: “Our strategy has been to secure new anchor occupiers, and with the arrival of both Xercise4Less and TJ Hughes, we certainly believe the Wellgate is on the up.”