RETAIL giant Next has the joined the race to be the first store open on Hereford's Old Market shopping park.

Next confirmed this morning (Thurs) that it intends to open its new store on May 1 - at 10am

Waitrose, Debenhams and Clarks also intend to open on the Old Market that day.

The new Next will be 2,000sq.ft bigger than the current store at Salmon Retail Park.

 That store will close this Saturday (April 26) with all staff transferring over to the Old Market.