Talks ongoing as Kingfisher seeks to take back former M&S unit - The Redditch Standard

Talks ongoing as Kingfisher seeks to take back former M&S unit

Redditch Editorial 6th Mar, 2020 Updated: 6th Mar, 2020   0

MANAGEMENT at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre say they are in ‘active discussions’ with Marks and Spencer to take back their former store in Walford Walk.

M&S quit the town two years ago, but held on to the shopping unit they occupied in the centre.

Now the Kingfisher’s general manager Ken Williams says he expects these discussions to conclude in the coming weeks if all goes well.

The construction of new hoardings around the site has fuelled speculation amongst shoppers of a future occupier for the site.

The Kingfisher had a successful Christmas season however management have acknowledged that the re-introduction of a small supermarket or fresh food outlet would boost footfall and trade even more.

“We have plans to develop this part of the centre in preparation for reletting,” said Mr Williams.

“The hoarded space includes the three smaller shop units that were vacant adjacent to the M&S store.

“At this time we are simply doing investigation works to areas outside the M&S store including mall-side floors, mall fabric finishes and the three empty units to help confirm structure and services in place.”

He added: “We are aware of the heightened social media speculation on how members of the community feel the space should be may used which makes for interesting reading.

“As soon as we can confirm agreements with any new occupiers we will share this in a formal announcement.”


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