Major high street stores have started trading at Biggleswade’s new retail park as phase one of the development has been completed.
TK Maxx, Matalan, Laura Ashley, Pets at Home, Bensons and Halfords have all opened while H&M are now fitting out their unit and will open later this summer.
Nick Alford, Property Director at LXB Retail Properties PLC, said: “The feedback from the retailers who have opened already has been very positive with several reporting that they are trading ahead of the their forecasts.
“The new scheme has been extremely busy since Matalan and TK Maxx opened with customers being drawn to Biggleswade from the surrounding area.
“The strong tenant line up helps fill in a gap in the area which lacked a strong fashion offer and will ensure people don’t have to travel as far.”
Phase two of the project is now underway with the demolition of the old retail units and ground work underway.
The road works on London Road will be completed by October this year, creating a dual carriageway up to Saxon Drive and new larger roundabouts which will improve access into the business park as well as the retail parks.
The tenants looking to open once phase two is completed next spring will be Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots, Outfit, River Island and New Look. They will all be open by early summer next year.
Mr Alford added: “We hope that the scheme will help improve the retail and restaurant offer in the town and draw people to the other facilities that are available in the town centre.
“The planning package secured by the Council, secured a total of £2.5m towards road improvements, bus service payments and contributions towards the Town Council’s town centre and car park improvement schemes.
“The dual carriageway improvement works from the A1 that were originally linked with the housing scheme to the east of Biggleswade have been delivered several years earlier by this investment.
“One of the Councils objectives was to ensure a high quality of design, in order to bring a much needed improvement to the gateway to Biggleswade when compared to the collection of derelict and tired buildings that were there before.
“It should also act as a stimulus for further investment in the business park opposite and will create more jobs for the local economy.”