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The Mall unveils 250,000-sq ft Blackburn extension

Published:  11 June, 2007

The Mall has unveiled a £66m redevelopment plan for its Blackburn centre with a three-storey extension which will include a new home for the town’s local market. Overall the 250,000 sq ft of new space will take the centre to a new total of 639,000 sq ft.

The new development will provide 20 new shops off a spectacular three-storey glazed atrium. As part of the scheme the existing Mall will be extensively refurbished and upgraded to include new toilets and management suite. Over 200 additional car parking spaces have been added at the top of the new scheme.

Primark has already signed up to anchor the extension with a 50,000 sq ft store over two levels. Primark Director, Breege O'Donoghue said: “We have been looking for suitable opportunities in Blackburn for some time and due to this development by The Mall we are delighted to now be able to open our first store in the town. We believe that our product range will be extremely popular in Blackburn and expect our new store to be extremely successful.”

At the same time both New Look and WH Smith have committed to taking significantly larger stores within the newly configured centre with New Look upsizing to take 18,500 sq ft over two levels and WH Smith taking 6,030 sq ft.

Mall chief executive Ken Ford said: “Since we purchased The Mall Blackburn in 2004 we have been working hard, alongside Blackburn with Darwen Council, to create the best possible development for the town. The confidence of these key retailers in either coming to Blackburn for the first time or expanding their representation is hugely positive for the town and will provide a dramatic boost to the shopping experience in Blackburn. I am delighted that we have already pre-let two thirds of the extended mall a full six months before we have even started work on site”

The Mall hopes to commence construction in Autumn this year and have the extension open for trading by September 2009.