Three national brands are on their way to Kingsway in Gloucester as construction takes off.
Developer Robert Hitchins Ltd is bringing a 47,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme that includes Pure Gym and a B&M Home Store with Garden Centre to athree-acre brownfield site in Newhaven Road.
Construction has also begun on a Lidl store on a neighbouring site, which will bring up to 40 jobs to the area. Lidl will take a long-term lease from Robert Hitchins once the development is complete and they expect to be available to fit out the store in this summer, with a view to opening in autumn 2020.
The contractor for both sites is Barnwood.
Present at the groundbreaking events were representatives from Barnwood Construction, Robert Hitchins Ltd, Lidl and Gloucester City Council leader Cllr Richard Cook.
Pure Gym is backed by cycling supremo Sir Chris Hoy and has almost 1 million members at 192 premises nationwide.
B&M, formed in 1978, is one of the leading variety retailers in the UK. It employs more than 28,000 staff in 560 stores all over the UK.
The new Lidl will add to Lidl GB’s existing store portfolio of 770 and forms part of the company’s growth plans which envisage opening up to 50 stores a year.
Kingsway has emerged on the site of the former 340-acre RAF Quedgeley. The original masterplan included 3,300 homes, a 40-acre employment site, community and leisure facilities, retail, sports area and primary school.