Future starts to look brighter for Rugby’s Swan Centre

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BUSINESSES moving into Rugby’s newest shopping centre will help to attract more shops into the area, according to the bosses behind the development.

Although the 14 Swan Centre retail units next to Asda, have been empty for around two years, a wave of activity is now beginning.

Last week the Advertiser revealed that Ladbrokes was leaving its current premises to move into the Swan Centre, claiming that it could not survive in High Street.

It has also now been discovered that a firm of solicitors is interested in taking on a lease and work has already begun on another unit.

David Walton, associate at Bruton Knowles, which is responsible for the letting of the units, said: “We’ve had interest from a firm of solicitors so we have put in a speculative planning application. It looks promising.

“The unit just inside the Clock Towers, which is still part of the Swan Centre, is being fitted out now. It’s a locksmiths which has already got a branch in town and is expanding.”

According to Mr Walton, Bruton Knowles is in contact with lots of other retailers and is confident that now other businesses are showing interest more will follow. He added: “I’m sure that in the next few months there will be a great take-up.”

Ali Kurji, chief executive of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, said: “I am delighted that Ladbrokes have come into the Swan Centre Development. “It is a major name and one which will inevitably create further footfall.”