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The Mall Blackburn opens 200,000 sq ft extension

Published:  30 July, 2010

The refurbished and extended centre continues to attract big name retailers with widespread unit upgrades and several new names for the town

The £66m redevelopment at The Mall Blackburn has seen the introduction of a 50,000-sq ft Primark anchor, the fashion giant's 200th store, which has been unveiled this week alongside a new Costa Coffee and a 5,500-sq ft WH Smith.

JD/Bank and USC are in solicitors’ hands to take units of 10,000 sq ft and 6,000 sq ft respectively and are expected to open for Christmas trading.

The 200,000-sq ft extension creates a 650,000 sq ft hub anchored by Debenhams, Bhs, Tesco and now Primark, along with 110 other unit shops. The Mall will see further high street names open in the coming weeks, including an 11,000-sq ft Peacocks - the first in Blackburn, a 15,000-sq ft Next, a 16,000-sq ft New Look, and Carphone Warehouse.

A new 68,000 sq ft indoor continental market will also begin trading within the scheme by Spring 2011 and Topshop will extend and refurbish its existing unit to create a new 6,500-sq ft store, following River Island which opened an extended 8,300 sq ft unit in 2009.

Mark Bourgeois, managing director of shopping centres at Capital & Regional, said: “Capital & Regional and Aviva Investors have worked in partnership with Blackburn Council to deliver a fabulous investment for the community of Blackburn and the surrounding Lancashire towns.

“We are all delighted to see it coming to fruition with 89 per cent of units taken. This extension and refurbishment significantly strengthens Blackburn's position in the region's retail hierarchy, providing the right amount of additional space to meet the modern requirements of our retailer customers. The investment by so many retailers is a real vote of confidence in the town centre and the scheme.”

The Mall Blackburn is asset managed by Capital & Regional and fund managed by Aviva Investors. The joint letting agents are Montagu Evans and Tushingham Moore.