The first occupier, Pets At Home, opened their 8,000 sqft store last Thursday at the New Hall Hey retail park in Rawtenstall, marking an exciting phase in the redevelopment of the site.

Phase 1 of the site will also include national retailers Marks and Spencer’s and TK Maxx.  Current timescales indicate that Barnfield Construction will be on site before the end of October to undertake both the 12,500 sqft Marks & Spencer shop fit out and further landlord works to accommodate a 12,500 sqft TK Maxx store.  Both new stores are expected to open early in the New Year.

The New Hall Hey development extends to over 14 acres and is currently controlled by West Register (Property Investments) Ltd , a division of the Royal Bank of Scotland.  Barnfield Construction have recently agreed to acquire 5.5 acres within the development and are working closely with West Register to develop out the remainder of the site over the next 2 years.  Barnfield Construction have been working hard for a long time together with the site owners on getting the retail sites occupied and they are both looking forward to making progress with the rest of the scheme.

Future phases for this major employment site are expected to include opportunities for further retail, leisure and industrial space.  Barnfield are currently in discussions with a number of potential occupiers.

Dan Symonds, Head of Development at Barnfield Construction commented “After years of hard work the team are delighted to be making a start on the redevelopment of the New Hall Hey site.  The line-up of new anchor retailers within Phase 1 is sure to drive further retail occupier interest for the scheme, in addition to encouraging new shoppers to visit Rawtenstall, this can only be a positive step for the town.”

Leader of the Council Alyson Barnes said; “It is fantastic to now see one of the shops open on New Hall Hey, the next couple of months will see the remaining shops being fitted out and opening in the new year. It will help boost the economy for Rossendale and make for a more attractive entrance into the Valley.

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