Plans for major expansion of Parkway Shopping Centre that could create scores of retail jobs
Posted by Gazette Live on 19th Apr 2016
Proposals have been unveiled that would see a new development built on part of an existing car park and the former Job Centre.
Plans have been unveiled for a major expansion of one of Middlesbrough’s most popular shopping centres.
The new owners of The Parkway Shopping Centre, in Coulby Newham , have announced proposals that could lead to a 50% increase in floorspace in the existing mall.
The plans - which are likely to create scores of retail jobs - would see a number of new stores built to the south of the centre, which is home to retailers including Tesco and Peacocks.
The extension would total about 54,000sq ft and take up a small part of one of the existing car parks.It would also see the demolition of the former JobCentre, which has stood vacant for a number of years.
The current size of the mall is 93,000sq ft, while Tesco is 117,000sq ft.
No details about which retailers could open at the development have yet been given.
Owners - a joint venture between Ellandi LLP and Bridges Ventures - are seeking the public’s views.
Centre manager Zoe France said the proposed expansion follows research, which revealed there is scope for retail expansion.
The centre changed hands in a £12.2m deal last year.
Representatives for new owners said at the time there were plans to redevelop the centre, which is home to chains including Boots, Iceland and Burger King.
They added that the site, which is also home to Rainbow Leisure Centre, had been “under-invested for a number of years”.
The centre opened in 1986, and has seen a range of tenants including now-defunct supermarket chain Presto.
The planned extension is the latest retail development in the area.
Budget supermarket chain Aldi opened an outlet last year off Dalby Way while KFC is also set to open a drive-thru restaurant.
A toilet block was demolished last year at the centre to make way for a new development of three takeaways.