Town centre mall to be reconfigured with smaller units

Mall Units

Tesco has submitted a planning application which would see the number of ground floor units in the new shopping mall at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre increased from ten to fifteen. The proposed changes are to be achieved by sub-division and reconfiguration of the layout proposed in the original plans.

The company claims that the amendments will “offer greater opportunities for a variety of occupiers, and in meeting the demands expressed to the developer from prospective tenants will ensure that the space is fully occupied.”

The move follows an earlier planning ammendment that saw the number of ground floor units in the new town square increased from five to seven. That alteration was also achieved via an internal reconfiguration.

The changes are likely to be interpreted as an indication that the company is having difficulty attracting larger retailers to the new development.

An announcement of the anticipated opening date of the new Tesco Extra store, mall and town square complex is expected to be made shortly. In view of the deteriorating economic climate, it is thought unlikely that all the mall and town square units will be occupied when the centre opens.

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