A number of major national retailers look set to join supermarket chain Aldi in taking space at a new retail park in Derby which is currently under construction.
Greetings card retailer The Card Factory, tanning business Indigo Sun and bakery chain Greggs are all in the process of taking units at the College Retail Park, according to FHP Property Consultants, which is marketing the site.
The retail park is being built on the former Mackworth College site between Normanton Road and Burton Road.
Aldi has already signed up to have a 15,000 sq ft store at the development, which is due to open next spring.
But an additional seven units will also be built, ranging in size from 1,250 sq ft to 5,500 sq ft. And according to FHP, Card Factory, Indigo Sun and Greggs currently have units under offer.
The former Mackworth College site has remained undeveloped for around 20 years
Work to clear the site, which has been derelict for almost 17 years, began earlier this year. Planning permission for the scheme was initially given in 2015.
The site originally housed a Charles Aslin-designed art deco building. It opened in 1937 and became Derby Technical College’s home.
The site was eventually operated by Mackworth College, later Derby College, until it was decided that students should move to Mackworth, leaving the Normanton Road building to be sold off.
Developer Wheatcroft Land bought it in 2000 and demolished the building with the intention of creating a shops and office complex. But those plans later changed to a retail park.
This plan of the College Retail Park shows where the seven units will be located
David Hargreaves, a director at Derby-based FHP, said: “This is a well-positioned site on the outskirts of Derby, which will really benefit from this type of value-led retail scheme.
“The site has sat undeveloped for a number of years and we are very pleased to see Wheatcroft Land take this scheme forward.
“We have a number of well-sized units, which are suitable for a range of different operators. Interest in the scheme has already been strong from national operators, with four units currently remaining.”
The entire scheme is scheduled to be completed by Wheatcroft Land by summer 2018.
Wheatcroft Land director Catherine Haward at the site of what will be the College Retail Park
It is one of the first projects undertaken by Wheatcroft Land director Catherine Haward, who took over the family business in 2013 after her father fell ill.
She said: “My father set up the business in 1989 and worked on some significant projects in the local area, including the Meteor Retail Park here in Derby.
“I had been working for Leicestershire Police but decided to resign so I could manage and develop the business. This scheme will be my second retail development.
“This is a site which has been left undeveloped over the past 20 years and I am really pleased to be bringing it back to life – things are finally happening.
“Work commenced on site this spring to construct a new road and access to the existing highways, and we are expecting work to start on the retail units later this year.”
Source: Derby Telegraph