Work underway for major retailer's arrival

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

Friday, 24th June 2016, 2:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:03 pm
Photo Neil Cross Redevelopment work on the former Comet store at Capitol Centre, 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.

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.”

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

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.

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.

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

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
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