New Premier Inn will create 30 jobs for Dorchester

Premier Inn owner Whitbread who now own the former Marks & Spencer store, which closed in 2020, want to show the town their plans for the building. The ground floor of the store has been in temporary use by a digital arts charity for training and exhibitions and will house pop up shops until the building work commences. 

A public event is being held on Wednesday 6th September from 2 – 7.30pm to show the plans for a new Premier Inn hotel at the site in South Street, Dorchester. The vision is to redevelop the site to provide a high-quality Premier Inn hotel of approximately 100 bedrooms.

A spokesperson told Dorchester Chamber for Business: We are designing a new hotel which fronts onto South Street, with an active ground floor frontage, at a location that will appeal to our business guests and those looking to stay in the heart of Dorchester for leisure.

“We are currently in the process of designing the new hotel ahead of submitting a planning application to Dorset Council later in the year

“We have spent many months first finding what we believe is the right site in the town and also working on our current design for the hotel.

“We have already spoken to Dorchester Town Council, Dorset Council and others about our plans for the site and are now ready to share our current plans with the
public, to take on their feedback.

“We are inviting the town to attend our in person public exhibition and/or our online webinar, where you will be able to view the emerging plans for our new hotel. Following the consultation process, we will then submit our plans to Dorset Council.

“We also find that our hotels make a positive economic contribution to the communities they serve, as our guests go out to eat, drink, shop, visit attractions and generally make the most of the local area.”

The in person exhibition is on Wednesday 6th September between 2pm and 7.30pm at the former Marks & Spencer store, South Street.

If you are unable to attend the in person exhibition, the company are holding an online webinar on Thursday 7th September, from 7pm. To register for the webinar, visit our website at:


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