Stafford empty units filled after six years
The future of empty units at multi-million pound buildings have finally been secured, six years after they were first built.
The ground floors of Staffordshire Place 1 and Staffordshire Place 2 in Stafford, which house Staffordshire County Council's main office buildings, have been empty since 2011 when the £38m buildings were built.
Now the county council has announced it has reached agreements to let three retail units on the floor, meaning all the empty units will finally be filled.
The University of Wolverhampton, Verso Bar and Sweet Café have all signed to occupy space on the ground floors of the Tipping Street buildings.
Verso will occupy a unit on the south side of Staffordshire Place 1, while Sweet Café will take up space on the same side of Staffordshire Place 2.
The university will take the last remaining unit on the north side of Staffordshire Place 2. The remaining space on the ground floor of Staffordshire Place 1 is already occupied by the town centre library
Mark Winnington, the county council's cabinet member for economic growth, said: “It was always expected that these units would prove popular once the major retail development had opened at that end of the town centre and so it’s proved.
“I’m very pleased they will be generating an income for taxpayers, as well as adding to the vitality of the town centre, and I wish the tenants every success in their different ventures."