A huge new retail park is set to bring 230 new jobs and big name retailers to South Ribble.
Developer Roundhouse Properties has unveiled plans to build units on a plot the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium at Bamber Bridge which it claims will be the only new retail park built in the North West this year.
A spokesman said the firm was close to signing up a major national retailer.
Lawrence Earnshaw, director of out-of-town retail at property experts CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) which is selling the scheme, said it was also locked in talks with other retailers about taking units on the site.
He said: “We are in the process of finalising a prominent national retailer for the scheme and have received strong interest from several other leading retailers.
“This is an exciting opportunity to build a new retail development that will create jobs and provide a welcome boost to the local area.
“CBRE has been delighted to advise during this process and we look forward to working with Roundhouse Properties closely to ensure that the right retailers are introduced to the scheme.”
Roundhouse has confirmed it expects to sign up retailers, which are expected to be large electrical and furniture firms, in time to get work started on site by the summer.
It will see buildings on the four-acre industrial site off Cuerden Way demolished and replaced with a number of huge units.
Nick Kos, of Preston-based property agents Bailey, Deakin and Hamilton who acquired the site for Roundhouse, said it had already started talking with potential tenants.
He said: “This is fantastic news and we can now look to present the retail development to interested parties.
“The location is a very popular area for businesses and with the expansion of Sainsbury’s, this proposed development will add to the retail and leisure offer.”
Cliff Hughes, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member for planning, said the latest jobs boost had left the borough “buzzing.”
He said: “We have been waiting for someone to take an interest in this part of the borough for some time because it is at the heart of all our motorways.
“The Sainsbury’s has just expanded down there, we have two new office parks and that is on top of the Matalan, Aldi and B&Q which are thriving at the moment.”
Roundhouse, the group owned by the Lefton family of Cumbria, is behind the development of the South Preston Office Village alongside Sainsbury’s and recently opened the first half of a new office village at South Rings of the A6 Lostock Lane.
It has planning permission to develop further office and industrial units on the South Ring site.
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