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Next commits to Thorpe Park Developments project

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Next has become the first major retailer to commit to opening an outlet at the upcoming Thorpe Park Developments retail park.

The scheme for a 300,000 sq ft shopping and leisure park at Thorpe Park, Leeds, is entering phase 2 of its development. A joint venture between Legal & General Capital and Scarborough Group International, the site will feature 1.3m sq ft of mixed use accommodation.

Planning permission was gained last month for a 60,000 sq ft multi-screen cinema, and now Next has committed to opening an 18,000 sq ft outlet, anchoring the scheme’s retail aspect as its first major retail partner.

“Thorpe Park Leeds is a great location for Next with its dense population catchment and position on the strategic road network,” a Next spokesperson said. “We can see that it is already a vibrant environment that will be enhanced further with the extension of the business park, the new shops and restaurants, new homes and public space.

We are pleased to be involved in such an important project for the city of Leeds, and look forward to delivering our new store in this prominent location.”

“The deal with Next is a major milestone for Thorpe Park Leeds which until now has remained a successful yet traditional business park,” addedMark Jackson, Consultant for Scarborough Group International.

“Radical plans for phase two will change all of that, transforming Thorpe Park Leeds into a true mixed use destination, delivering on site amenities for an anticipated 13,500 working population at the park as well as the surrounding communities.”

Negotiations are currently ongoing with other major retail and leisure operators.

Published on Monday 04 April by Philip Gallagher

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