THREE office units have now been let at Spalding’s Red Lion Quarter – and council bosses will give their verdict on a plan for the centre’s struggling food court next week.
The interim management team that was brought in to turn around the fortunes of the £6.5million centre has this week secured three new tenants.
Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES) has worked with staff to fill three of the empty office units on the top business floor, a quarter of the 12 units available. One of those had been previously taken but the business had moved out, leaving the top floor empty.
Gary Hewitt, head of support at NWES, said: “The team here are thrilled that three varying, local enterprises have chosen the quarter to locate their businesses.
“The business floor was purpose-built to offer the perfect environment in which new and established Spalding companies can flourish.
“The vision is for Red Lion Quarter to evolve into a business hub for the local community, and with three new tenants we are well on our way to developing such a community.”
The names of the three firms have not yet been revealed but the Spalding Guardian understands one is a consultant in facade engineering, another is a ‘supporter of innovation in public services’ and the other is an electrical wholsaler.
The centre also contains the Sage Restaurant and will soon have students on the middle floor through South Lincolnshire College – Boston College’s new operation in Spalding.
The ground floor food court has been losing money and has suffered from poor customer number since it opened in April.
NWES has drawn up a business plan looking at the long and short term options for the food court in a bid to tackle its poor performance. It is expecting the council’s decision on that plan next week.
The food court, which was designed to showcase the best of local produce, had its hours cut from 8am-6pm to 9am-5pm in July and some staff lost their jobs as eight of the 17 staff at the centre as a whole were made redundant.
In July, South Holland District Council’s cabinet dismissed selling off the struggling centre and said it was confident it would succeed in the long term.