Top brands including Nandos, Costa Coffee and M&S are moving to Wednesbury’s Gallagher Retail Park as part of a £5 million expansion which will create 235 jobs, bosses have announced.
The 200,000 sq ft retail park already has a number of high profile names including Next, TK Maxx, Outfit, Mamas and Papas, Boots, Furniture Village, SCS, Harveys, Burger King and Pizza Hut.
But the site is set to be boosted with the new development on an existing car park. Chiefs said building work will start imminently and should be finished by spring next year. Other new brands moving to the bigger and better destination include Currys, Tapi Carpets, Oak Furnitureland, Sofology, Mod Pizza and Smashburger.
Currys and PC World will merge into the downsized Currys’ unit and open as a three-in-one megastore with a new Carphone Warehouse store.
M&S Food Hall will take 11,000 sq ft of the downsized Currys’ unit on a 20-year lease, bosses said.
Wednesbury North ward councillor Elaine Costigan hailed the news and said it was ‘absolutely wonderful’.
She told the Express & Star: “It’s absolutely wonderful news for Wednesbury and obviously it will mean more and more people will be coming heret. The idea is we would love people to pop into the retail park and then hop into the town and do some bits and bobs in the town centre – that’s an important part of this as well.
“The M&S name especially attracts people and it’s good to see there will be better restaurants rather than just McDonalds and Burger King.”
Quadrant Estates’ partner James Bidwell said: “These latest brands to sign further reinforce the appeal of Gallagher Retail Park, and complement the existing line-up of high profile tenants.
“The new tenants will provide even greater vibrancy and vitality to Gallagher Retail Park.”Subscribe to our Newsletter