Phelan Construction has started fit-out work on the 10-screen Light cinema as Stockport Council confirmed a late November opening for its flagship leisure scheme.
Mike Thomson, commercial director at The Light Cinemas, said: “We are really looking forward to opening in Stockport. Customers are at the heart of The Light and we want everyone to have a trip to the cinema they will remember. Redrock is an exciting new destination and we are delighted to be part of it.”
Cllr Kate Butler, Stockport Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “It’s exciting to see the fit-out work at Redrock bringing the building to life as the opening gets closer. Redrock will be a fantastic addition to Stockport.
“We’re serious about transforming our town and as developments begin to open it’s easy to see the scale of the opportunities being created for everyone in Stockport.”
Wates is main contractor on the project and BDP is the architect.
Along with The Light, there will be 38,000 sq ft of leisure and retail space at the £45m scheme. Zizzi and Pizza Express are also due to be ready for opening date, with Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Mangobean Coffee to follow. It is understood that two retail units are under offer.
The Light’s opening comes as Cineworld prepare to close its doors. The cinema, part of the 1990s Grand Central leisure scheme, is making way for the next phase of Muse Developments’ Stockport Exchange, an office building for which hopes will be high, following the letting of phase two’s 45,000 sq ft office block to Stagecoach.