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Kirkby’s retail offer beginning to blossom

by Alison Cornmell

As Kirkby’s major new town centre retail development continues to take shape, new businesses are also being established in the town, helping to enhance the existing retail offer.

Lily Francis Floristry, which opened on Saturday 12 December, is among the latest businesses to set up in the town and help to create a “blossoming” retail offer.

The new florist is on St Chad’s Parade and joins a number of recent new additions to the town centre and Kirkby Market in 2020, including:-

  • British Red Cross
  • Hays Travel

Kirkby Market

  • Madina Accra Market (African food)
  • Kirkby Coffee
  • Floral 54
  • The Blinds Collection
  • Skylar Elizabeth Babywear
  • Jason McGuiness (Homewares)
  • Heaven to Resin (Jewellery)
  • Adam’s News
  • Shabby Chic Clothing
  • Carla Appleton (Handbags/Bags)

The development of Kirkby’s new retail offer has also been progressing this year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

This will include a 45,000 feet2 Morrisons superstore, petrol station, Home Bargains store, a KFC restaurant and other retail units.

Plans are also in place for a new three-storey multi-screen cinema complex along with three retail, food and drink outlets.

Councillor Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Regeneration and Economic Development Cabinet Member, said:

“Despite the difficulties facing town centres nationwide, I think our town centre in Kirkby is looking forward to an exciting future.  With some restrictions lifted following the latest lockdown, it’s encouraging to see people shopping safely in Kirkby and our other town centres across Knowsley in the lead up to Christmas.  With the new Knowsley Town Centres Gift Card, this will hopefully continue into the New Year.  Kirkby’s new town centre retail development is really taking shape and people will have even more choice in the future.”

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Exterior of Lily Francis Floristry