Nando’s to open at Elliott’s Field Shopping Park in Rugby

A computer-generated image of how the redevelopment may look
A computer-generated image of how the redevelopment may look

Popular chicken restaurant chain Nando’s is the latest big name to join an out-of-townshopping park in Rugby.

Elliott’s Field Shopping Park, off Leicester Road, Rugby, is set to open in autumn.

Confirmed stores include a 60,000 sq ft Debenhams department store, Clarks, Outfit, Next, Marks and Spencer, Nando’s and TK Maxx.

River Island, Superdrug, Caffe Nero and Ed’s Easy Diner are listed as potential tenants on the industry website

The 300,000 sq ft space will include a raised walkway covered by a canopy and a catering section with outside seating and a children’s play area overlooking the River Swift.

It will also offer 657 free car parking spaces.

Tom Cochrane, asset manger at Hammerson, who own Elliott’s Field, said: “The £35 million redevelopment is bringing new shops and restaurants to the area and the brands that are now committed to opening at Elliott’s Field are Debenhams, Marks and Spencer, Next, Outfit, Clarks, TK Maxx and Nando’s.

“By enhancing Rugby’s retail offer we will help retain customer spending locally whilst providing strong appeal for customers further afield.

“A vibrant Elliott’s Field is well placed to deliver benefits to the whole town.”

Further stores joining the shopping park will be announced over the coming months.

But some town centre business owners are concerned the development will impact on their trading.

Helen Blamires, who owns Vanilla Lifestyle in Albert Street, said the Nando’s announcement was not reassuring for businesses.

“So much for reassurances that punters will shop at Elliot’s Field and come into town for the cafe culture,” she said.

“Us retailers are paying an awful lot of rates and BID levy and not getting a lot in return.”

Marks and Spencer confirmed its town centre branch will close in autumn this year and staff will be transferred to the triple-size store at Elliott’s Field. Around 60 new jobs are expected to be created.