Exhibition to show off £200m West Bromwich development

A new exhibition has been set up at The Public in West Bromwich to keep people informed about the town’s £200 million New Square development.

The Public has teamed up with Tesco for the display which includes information on the retailers currently signed up to the scheme, the timings for opening across 2013 and construction images.

The arts centre on New Street sits right in the shadow of the development in the town centre.

Major retailers for the development include Primark, JD Sports, Bank, Outfit, Deichmann, Phones 4 U as well as Nandos, Prezzo, Costa Coffee and Harvester.

The first phase of New Square will open in June 2013 with the Tesco store, Odeon Cinema, Next, Bank and the restaurant units due to open. The rest of the retailers will open later in the year.

Jonathan Simpson, corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “With the scheme finally taking shape across the road, people can now see the finished product will look so it is important we can provide more details.

“The display will help to keep the community informed during the lead up to the opening of the Tesco store and the New Square centre.”

The Tesco store will start fitting out in March, ready for the first phase opening in June, when the Odeon and Next also plan to open.

Further units will open in the autumn with Primark scheduled to to be ready in December.

Linda Saunders, managing director of The Public, said: “We regularly get visitors asking us about the progress of the scheme so the new exhibition stand will provide people with all the information that people require.”

Meanwhile, a recruitment drive for the first of 400 new jobs at the Tesco Extra store is already under way.

The supermarket giant has agreed to employ at least 120 people from Sandwell. In total, some 1,200 will be created at the development.

A series of open days are being held by Job Centre plus and Think Local for prospective employees this month.

The first interviews will then take place in March.