Work underway for major retailer’s arrival

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Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

Photo Neil Cross Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

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Preparation are being made for a major furniture retailer to open at the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale.

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd has announced that Furniture Village - Britain’s biggest independently owned furniture retailer - is opening at the former Comet store.

Photo Neil Cross
Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

Photo Neil Cross Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

A spokesman for Royal London said: “I can confirm Furniture Village are moving into the unit.

“There are no specific dates for opening but we believe it will be at the end of summer.”

Unit One has been vacant following Comet’s departure at the end of 2012, and now a range of changes are underway to make the premises suitable.

According to plans lodged with South Ribble Council, they include extending an existing mezzanine floor so it covers around 90 per cent of the overall floorspace. and external alterations to form glazed elevations to the front and side.

Photo Neil Cross
Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

Photo Neil Cross Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

The additional mezzanine floorspace being sought within Unit One comprises 596 sqm.

Furniture Village itself has refused to comment any further on the news, declining to announce how many jobs will be created or why the site was chosen.

The nearest other Furniture Village is at Middlebrook Retail Park in Bolton.

Photo Neil Cross
Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale

Photo Neil Cross Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale