02 December 2014
Developers and city officials celebrated the first phase of completion of the Grosvenor Shopping Centre this week, one of Chester city centre’s most exciting developments.
A traditional ‘Topping Out’ ceremony, marked by the planting of a fir tree, was held on Tuesday 2 December to celebrate the mid-way point of construction work on the £5 million development in Paddock Row.
The site, developed by The Carlyle Group and Bride Hall with construction work carried out by Cheshire based contractor Pochin, has undergone huge improvements including the creation of double-height storefronts and a new light well.
Retailers TK Maxx and Sports Direct will soon be taking over the premises to fit out a 23,000 square feet unit and a 16,500 square feet unit respectively, ready to open in Spring 2015.
Roger Gorham, Bride Hall Director, said: “The new stores will be a great addition to the city centre’s offering, delivering more choice for both local shoppers and visitors. Alongside our development on Pepper Street, which will see four new restaurants open in 2015, it will give the area a new lease of life.
“Chester footfall statistics have seen a decline of nearly 4% since last year, compared to a national average of a 0.8% drop, so we believe that these developments will give the area a much needed boost, attracting more residents and visitors alike.”
The addition of TK Maxx and Sports Direct will bring the shopping centre’s occupation level to over 90%.
Jonathan Pochin, Pochin Construction’s managing director, said: “We’re seeing a huge increase in demand for leisure and dining projects across Cheshire - evidence of the continued recovery and the return of consumer confidence.
“This has been an amazing project to work on, with real interest and engagement form local business and consumers, alike.”
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, who has shown support for the project, said: “The two stores are important for the Paddock Row area of the Mall and come at a time when there is major investment in a new restaurant quarter on the opposite side of Pepper Street.
”This all bodes well for the choice of stores and eating places on offer to residents and visitors alike in the near future.”