Barnfield Construction has officially started work on the new retail scheme at the Gateway to Clitheroe, on behalf of developers Rawdon Investments Limited.
The site has been unoccupied since the former owners, Barker Garden Centre, vacated the site in 2003. Supermarket chain, Aldi, was the first tenant to sign up to the much welcomed development and will occupy a 16,300 sqft unit.
Pets at Home, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food, pet-related products and pet accessories will occupy a 6,000 sqft unit that will include a Groom Room salon.
Local residents will start to see the new buildings take shape when the steel is erected next week.
The £5 million retail development is set to officially open later this year. Brian Scott of Rawdon Investments commented “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for the re-development of this important gateway site which has been vacant for well over a decade.
The design of the development will enhance the entrance into Clitheroe from the south and will further improve consumer choice in thetown.
NatWest’s Real Estate team provided funding to support the development.
Paul Mercer, relationship director at NatWest, commented: “We are delighted to support this new retail complex in Clitheroe which will not only create jobs but also supports growth opportunities in Lancashire.
We have been working with Rawdon Investments Ltd for a number of years and have developed an excellent relationship which has allowed for us to assist with company’s business growth aspirations.”
Mike Clarke, Property Director at Aldi said “We are pleased to be part of this exciting new scheme. We look forward to bringing our offer of high quality products at unbeatable prices to Clitheroe later in 2015”.
Aldi have almost 600 UK stores and expect to open more than one per week during 2015.
Barnfield Construction have just completed a 16,500 sqft Aldi Store for Orbit Developments in St Helens.
Pets at home was founded in 1991 and has more than 380 stores across the UK, employing more than 6,000 people and this will be Barnfield’s first project with them.
Barnfield Construction was last active in Clitheroe when they built the Homebase building on Queensway.
The image shows from left to right: Steve Riley Contracts Director at Barnfield Construction Limited and Brian Scott, Director at Rawdon Investments Limited.