Barnfield Construction has officially started work on the new retail scheme at the Gateway to Clitheroe, on behalf of developers Rawdon Investments Limited.
The site has been unoccupied since the former owners, Barker Garden Centre, vacated the site in 2003.
We are delighted to support this new retail complex in Clitheroe which will not only create jobs but also support growth opportunities in Lancashire.Brian Scott
Supermarket chain Aldi was the first tenant to sign up to the much welcomed development and will occupy a 16,300 sq ft unit.
Pets at Home, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of pet food, pet-related products and pet accessories will occupy a 6,000 sq ft unit that will include a Groom Room salon.
Local residents will start to see the new buildings take shape when the steel is erected in the near future. The £5m retail development is set to officially open later this year.
Brian Scott, of Rawdon Investments, said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for the re-development of this important gateway site which has been vacant for well over a decade.
“The design of the development will enhance the entrance into Clitheroe from the south and will further improve consumer choice in the town.”
NatWest’s Real Estate team provided funding to support the development.
Paul Mercer, relationship director at NatWest, said: “We are delighted to support this new retail complex in Clitheroe which will not only create jobs but also support growth opportunities in Lancashire.”
Mike Clarke, property director at Aldi, said: “We are pleased to be part of this exciting new scheme.
“We look forward to bringing our offer of high quality products at unbeatable prices to Clitheroe later in 2015.”