Two major brands have agreed deals to open up new stores in the new-look Kirkby town centre.
Regeneration specialist St. Modwen has secured Home Bargains and Kentucky Fried Chicken to join anchor foodstore, Morrisons.
High street giant Home Bargains will relocate its current small store from St Chad’s Parade to occupy a new large format 20,000 sq ft unit, effectively forming a second retail anchor alongside Morrisons.
American fast food restaurant giant Kentucky Fried Chicken has also agreed a lease for a new 3,500 sq ft restaurant becoming the first food and beverage brand to sign-up to the scheme.
The 110,000 sq ft extension of Kirkby Town Centre comprises new shops including a new food store and petrol filling station, improved pedestrian links, car parking, new public realm and landscaping.
Supermarket operator Morrisons has already committed to bringing a 45,000 sq ft foodstore to the retail development and is currently working alongside St. Modwen on a timetable for when construction work will begin now that demolition work has finished.
Paul Batho, Development Director for St. Modwen, said:
“We are really pleased to be able to announce these additions to the scheme which is testament to Kirkby’s strong draw and the quality of the scheme that has been designed.
“With Morrisons, Home Bargains and KFC on board we are looking to create an attractive mix of retail brands that complement each other and the current offering within the town centre.
“A successful, local and national brand, TJ Morris is the largest employer on Merseyside and is the largest independent grocer in the country. We’re really pleased to announce its commitment to Kirkby where new jobs will be created.
“Home Bargains remains a firm favourite within Kirkby and I’m sure the new-look, larger scale store will be received extremely well.”
The Leader of Knowsley Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, said:
“I’m delighted to see such major national and international businesses committing to the brand new retail development in Kirkby town centre.
“With Morrisons already on board to deliver a new supermarket, this announcement from St. Modwen is fantastic news for our residents and further evidence that leading businesses have great confidence in Kirkby and believe, as we do, that it is a town on the up.”