New designer outlet at Cannock on track for autumn opening
A brand new designer outlet in Cannock is on track for opening this autumn, despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis.
Cannock's £160 million McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands is in the final stages of construction with developers confident the shopping village will be a success.
It is set to create about 1,000 jobs.
The centre will offer a choice of up to 80 top designer retail brands when it opens, possibly in September, and is expected to draw in shoppers from across the region.
Construction began at the Mill Green site, which will have 1,400 parking spaces, nearly two years ago.
Councillor George Adamson, the leader of Cannock Chase District Council, has said that the development is “the best thing to happen to Cannock in decades”.
The completed outlet will include a square with a coffee kiosk, “dancing fountain” and art, where events will be held throughout the year.
There will also be a children’s play area near the square, to back onto the nature reserve.
On a visit to the site West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said the outlet would be great for the wider West Midlands, helping to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region and boost the local economy.
The Richardson family, who originally built the Merry Hill shopping centre, are partners with McArthurGlen who have established major retails schemes across Europe.
McArthurGlen opened Europe’s first designer outlet in the UK in 1995 and now operates 25 centres in nine countries.