Work to remove the hoardings around Stourbridge’s new £50 million shopping development was due to get under way today as the town’s transformation takes a step closer to completion.
Once the barriers have been taken down around the site of the new Tesco supermarket and Crown Centre, landscaping will begin.
While the work takes place, a stretch of Stourbridge ring road will be closed for around a month.
The closure will run until October 4 in the inner lane, from the bend on Bath Road, which is the lay-by near Crystal Leisure Centre to just past the Crown Lane entry onto Bath Road.
Meanwhile, the junction of Coventry Street / Crown Lane will be closed on September 21 from 8pm to 7am while resurfacing work takes place.
It is the final phase of the project which began in March last year.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for transportation, said:
“We are now on the final phase of works to completing this multi million pound redevelopment and I thank everyone for their continued patience during this time.”
It comes after it was revealed that the 94,500 sq ft Tesco Extra store will open its doors to shoppers at the end of next month – three weeks ahead of schedule.
A major recruitment drive to employ about 400 people at the new store begins at a jobs fair at the Salvation Army in Cradley Heath on September 26.
Around 100 of the jobs will be taken by long-term unemployed people.
Along with the superstore, the development will feature 10 retail units, each ranging in size from 570 sq ft to 995 sq ft. Three will be taken by Kents Barbers, Cafe Rimski and Eyewise Opticians, with the rest set to provide a host of other retail choices to shoppers.
The newly-paved Crown Square is expected to open by the end of this month. The indoor mall leading to the library from Crown Square will open on September 23, giving people their first glimpse.
The development will also be supported by a two-level car park for up to 468 vehicles.
Work to knock down the former shopping centre began in March last year.
The former car park in Bell Street was brought down using explosives. Landmovers cleared 9,000 tons of rubble, some of which is being re-used.
Contractors spent many months working on the underground car park and laying the foundations for the new store. The framework for the development began going up in December.