A new supermarket will start to take shape on the edge of Clitheroe next week when work begins on erecting the steel frame for the building.
Barnfield Construction has officially started work on the new retail scheme at the Whalley Road gateway to Clitheroe, on behalf of developers Rawdon Investments Limited.
The site has been unoccupied since the former owners, Barker Garden Centre, vacated it in 2003. Supermarket chain Aldi was the first tenant to sign up to the new edge-of-town development and will occupy a 16,300 square foot unit.
Pets at Home, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food, pet-related products and pet accessories, will occupy a 6,000 square foot unit which 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 £5m. 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 the town.”
NatWest’s Real Estate team provided funding to support the development and 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.”
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.”
l Aldi have almost 600 UK stores and expect to open more than one per week during 2015. Barnfield Construction has just completed a 16,500 sq.ft 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 the firm built the Homebase store on Queensway.