Expansion plans announced for Springfields in Spalding, with new stores, cafes and restaurants
Springfields Outlet has today announced proposals for a major new investment in the centre.
Owner Triton Property Fund is launching a public consultation on plans which could see around 15 new major name stores, four cafes and restaurants, 236 additional parking spaces and the introduction of more electric vehicle chargers.
The expansion would mean around 350 jobs would be created and Springfields has also committed to working with South Holland District and others to build up footfall in Spalding town centre.
The improvements - backed by the recently-passed Local Plan - are proposed on the site of the NFU Mutual building and the car park next to Travelodge.
Springfields has secured an agreement with NFU Mutual to relocate them to new, modern offices at a nearby site, subject to a planning application.
Before submitting a planning application for the proposals, Springfields plans to consult with the community. An exhibition will be held in Unit 9, next to Chapelle Jewellery at Springfields next Friday, March 22, between 3pm and 6pm and on the Saturday 10am-4pm. Information will also be available on a dedicated website (www.springfields-newstores.co.uk) and an information leaflet will be distributed to households in the town.
Ian Sanderson of SLR Outlets, who operate Springfields, said: “I’ve been involved with Springfields Outlet since the very beginning and 2018 was undoubtedly our most successful year, despite the challenging retail environment nationally.
"In the last year, Joules, Jack Wills, White Stuff and The Cosmetics Company Store have all opened stores here and the new family attraction Adventure Land has welcomed thousands of people since it opened in the summer.
“We’ve had interest from a number of new high-quality brands, none of which have existing local stores. By extending we can further improve the overall offer, helping to attract more visitors to the area and in turn creating more jobs for local people.
“However, before we submit a planning application to South Holland District Council, we would like to know what local people think of the proposals. So we would encourage people to attend the public consultation or view the proposals online and give us their views.”
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