THE developers behind an exciting new development in Uttoxeter have said marketing starts now for the remaining retail units after another big name signed up.
Popular national discount retailer Home Bargains has become the latest name to sign up to the Carters Square development on Uttoxeter’s former cattle market.
It joins supermarket giant Asda and the Northgate medical practice as the confirmed names for the scheme which is expected to create up to 500 jobs and be completed by the end of next year.
Jonathan Hart, chief executive of developers Lingfields, told the Advertiser it started marketing the remaining retail units on Monday and rubbished claims any other retailers that have been rumoured such as Shoe Zone or Costa Coffee have been in talks.
He said: “I’ve never even spoken to Shoe Zone or Costa Coffee.
We have not really started marketing the remaining units yet to be honest until today.
“We have been concentrating on getting planning permission and now we have that we are working on the planning conditions that have been set so there has been a massive amount going on behind the scenes.
“It is good news that Home Bargains has signed up. It is a big national firm. We are looking at starting on the site some time next year but we are not sure when yet.” The designs for the Carters Square development had received some criticism for being out of keeping with surrounding buildings in the town.
When the proposals were given permission at East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee, members said they would like to see some of Uttoxeter’s history reflected in the final development.
Mr Hart said they had taken those points on board as it moves towards starting work on site.
He said: “We are going to be encompassing the Buntings Brewery Clock from the old brewery and things like that.
“We are also working with the town council about getting the jubilee bench that is being made somewhere within the scheme — we are looking at the old and the new.
“We are also working with Western Power to upgrade the facade of the 1920s substation on the site that will add a nice heritage aspect to the project.”