St Modwen has announced B&M as its third tenant for a major redevelopment of Skelmersdale town centre after the retailer confirmed it would take a 20,000 sq ft store.
The B&M store will create around 50 jobs and is the second retail anchor tenant announced for the project, following Lidl’s confirmation it would take a 21,000 sq ft space last month.
The 100,000 sq ft project has navigated its way through a High Court battle, won a year ago, and B&M, Lidl, and Reel Cinemas have all now been signed up as tenants.
Overall, the scheme is set to offer 50,000 sq ft of retail and 50,000 sq ft of restaurants, bars, and leisure space.
St Modwen said discussions were still ongoing with its partners, West Lancashire Borough Council and Homes England, to agree a start date for the project.
Paul Batho, development director for St. Modwen, said: “Securing B&M alongside Lidl is a further major boost for the future development of Skelmersdale Town Centre.
“The commitment made by two of the UK’s leading retailers to come to Skelmersdale is a huge boost of confidence for the town and the scheme and we look forward to delivering the extension to the town centre alongside our partners.”
Cllr Ian Moran, leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for economic regeneration, added: “With Lidl and now B&M on board it is clear the Council and its partners are making progress on delivering a scheme in the town centre that will be of benefit to the people of Skelmersdale.”