New Elliot’s Field shopping park plans to go on display

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Proposals for the expansion of an out-of-town retail park will go on display to the public next week.

As revealed in the Advertiser two weeks ago, the developer of Elliott’s Field Shopping Park is planning to launch phase two on an adjacent plot of land off Leicester Road.

Owners Hammerson said the £20 million development will bring the former Tribune Trading Estate site back to life after it has lain empty for a number of years.

The firm bought the site between the Peugeot dealership and Elliotts Field in May this year and says it wants to develop it to house up to nine new shops targeting furniture and homeware brands selling a range of bulky goods including furniture, floor coverings, household textiles and bathroom and kitchen furniture.

Hammerson is also proposing a café/restaurant, approximately 500 car parking spaces and new car and pedestrian links with the existing Elliott’s Field Shopping Park.

Hammerson is holding a public exhibition at Elliott’s Field Shopping Park, on Thursday July 7 from noon to 7pm so that the public can view what it is proposing.

Thomas Cochrane, of Hammerson, said: “Being able to bring the Tribune site back to life, which is a natural next step, would enable us to build on the success of Elliott’s Field Shopping Park.

“The site is ideally suited to bulky goods retailers that want representation in the borough and would cement Rugby’s position as a thriving shopping destination in the local area that provides residents with a great mix of retailers as well as valuable employment opportunities.”

The expansion will have 150,000 sq ft of shopping space, around half the size of the current shopping park, which opened in October last year. Elliott’s Field Shopping Park is home to numerous high street names including Debenhams and Marks and Spencer and has raised concerns that it is pulling shoppers away from Rugby town centre.