St Modwen to refurb and extend Crosby retail

The developer has revealed plans for the refurbishment of the Glenn Buildings in Crosby, part of a portfolio of 26 retail units and 1.6 acres of development land bought from Sainsbury’s in April for £2.7m.

St Modwen is to refurbish 6,100 sq ft of ground floor retail, 5,100 sq ft at first floor level and is considering adding up to 10,000 sq ft of new accommodation.

The scheme, designed by JM Architects, includes proposals to bring forward four units within the existing Glenn Buildings, along with a new larger format store as new occupiers are sought.

David Nuttall, development manager at St Modwen, said: “Following our acquisition of the assets earlier this year, we have been working to understand the buildings and have invested significantly in surveys and investigative works.

“Having secured Home Bargains within the village, this next phase of investment will safeguard the future of the Glenn Buildings, a feature on the high street for over 84 years, as well as bringing modern retail accommodation to Crosby Village Centre. This is the next step in our vision for Crosby.”

St Modwen acquired the Crosby portfolio after the supermarket group cited viability issues and shelved plans to build a new store and supporting retail.

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They need to sort out the parking charges as these have had a detrimental affect on trade in
Crosby Village.
There needs to be a lot brought into the village so that people will be willing to pay to park

By Bernadette Johnson

Improve bus, cycle and pedestrian connections before encouraging more people to park/drive. Duh.

By Waterhouse

Would love an m&s food shop within the village and more clothes shops and a family friendly cafe with space to have prams.

By local shopper

Options for public transport, while appropriate, will not encourage Crosby residents to shop in the village rather than the supermarkets and retail parks offering free parking. Perhaps the annual season ticket for parking, available at the beach car parks, could be extended to include the village?

By Suzanne McClelland

Martin regular in village as a disable person who is already hounded by the attendants he car parking fee has halted the people it a inconvenience going machine and back. You need to get people back.

By Chris

Marks Next boots would be nice

By Chris

D’oh! I do see your point. Bit silly to approve all those supermarkets and retail parks I guess – at first they ‘benefit’ a place, but eventually they drain the lifeblood out of town centres.

Perhaps encouraging supermarkets/retail parks to make better use of their car parks by building on them, with the incentive of publicly-funded public transport enhancements.

Thinking outside the box there.

By Waterhouse

I think this is a massive improvement to what is currently there. It would nice to attract better quality shops but I guess this will be a natural progression for such high street stores as they see increased profit from an attractive planned build. Lets get behind this as opposed to rejecting every announcement.

By Dave

Burger king or Mc Donalds

By crosby man

Walk round any thriving small town, e.g. Formby, Birkdale and the most obvious difference is that these towns are not pedestrianised. With the absence of through traffic in Crosby any regeneration scheme seems doomed to fail. Another obvious issue is the lack of free parking.

By TracyH

The presence/absence of a supermarket seems to be a bigger defining factor to me

By Zebith

Lets be more positive and get behind this project.I agree non pedestrianised would attract more interest you only have to look at how successful Formby village is.This moaning about the parking fees really does get my back up.If you can afford to run a car then you can afford to pay for parking. The main car park in Formby charge 50p for the first hour which is enough time to do your weekly shop so that could be a solution.Even the poor people of Crosby could surely afford that!

By Steve C

There are poor people in Crosby?

By Zebith

An M&s simply food would do very well in the village, as would a little waitrose. A few more high Street names would make it worth a visit more often and save the locals from going to Formby instead.

By Local shopper

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