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Manor Walks Shopping Centre To Create 500 Jobs In Northumberland

03 Mar 2017

Manor Walks Shopping Centre To Create 500 Jobs In Northumberland

Plans for Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington could create up to 500 new jobs in Northumberland according to developers.

Arch Northumberland, a development company which is owned by the County Council, purchased Manor Walks last summer for £78 million and are looking to invest a further £30 million to expand facilities at the shopping centre.

Currently, Manor Walks employs around 2,000 people in full and part time roles but the addition of 13,500 square metres of retail space and 650 new parking spaces by Arch could increase headcount at the Cramlington attraction by 25 per cent.

Deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, Dave Ledger, said: “Manor Walks Shopping Centre is the beating heart of the Cramlington community and as such vital to the success of the town. It is one of the largest shopping centre’s in the North East and plays a key role in the economy of the county. We’re aiming to expand the shopping centre and to improve the surrounding infrastructure, including roads, roundabouts, access and parking at the centre.”

“Our proposals for developing Manor Walks include expanding the centre to a new 7.12-acre site created through the acquisition of the former Northumberland County Council library, police station, and social services sites. Following on from market research with retailers and leisure operators, as well as users of the centre and the recent Town Council survey of residents we are now in a position to share our vision of the future for Manor Walks,” added Councillor Ledger.

Arch Northumberland will host open days next Thursday and Friday (9 March and 10 March 2017) from 2pm until 7pm so that locals can go along to view the outline of the extension plans for Manor Walks and offer feedback on the proposals.

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