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'Big names' lined up for new-look Burnley shops area
NATIONAL fashion retailers are in the final stage of talks before confirming their move to the newly-redeveloped Charter Walk shopping centre.
Demolition work has started on the Burnley shopping centre’s first floor balcony as part of the £3m redevelopment by owners Addlington Capital.
At least two ‘big-name retailers’ are said to be moving into the new shopping centre and the existing River Island store has plans to double in size.
Construction started at the beginning of August and is expected to finish by Easter next year.
Contractors carrying out the work on the centre were forced to carry out a health and safety review recently, when shoppers noticed dust and debris showering down on them from the building site.
But despite initial fears there have been no reported safety issues with the demolition of the balcony. A spokesman for Addlington Capital said: “Building work is progressing on schedule, and we have had no complaints at all from shoppers.
“The safety of our customers is very important to us.”
Burnley Council has welcomed Addlington Capital’s huge investment in the town.
Chief executive Steve Rumbelow said: “I think the important thing really is the fact that Addlington Capital is investing £3m in the first phase of the development.
“This demonstrates that they have confidence in Burnley town centre.
“It’s fair to say that Burnley town centre is performing better than other town centres across the North West.”
Coun Shah Hussain, executive member for regeneration and economic development, said: “If big name retailers are coming to Charter Walk then it’s brilliant for Burnley.
“The town centre needs a shot in the arm, and if they can get well known brands into Burnley town centre then that’s great news.
“Although having said that, I was in the town centre at the weekend and it was already really busy, which was amazing to see.”
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