In Pictures: Progress on Kingsway’s new Lidl, PureGym and B&M
By Matt Hall | 21st May 2020
New photographs show the construction of a new discount supermarket, gym and retail store taking shape in Kingsway.
Robert Hitchins Ltd is developing the supermarket site, as well as bringing two national brands PureGym and B&M to the three-acre brownfield site in Newhaven Road, Quedgeley.
Lidl will take a long-term lease from Robert Hitchins once the development is complete and they expect to be available to fit out the store later in the summer, with a view to opening in autumn 2020.
Situated next to Avionics House, the supermarket will include a 1,325m² sales area, instore bakery, customer toilets and dual packing facilities.
Back when planning permission was granted for the developments, Robert Hitchins senior development manager, Michael Plimmer said: "It is going to be a busy few months on site at Kingsway which will see us developing over 70,000 sq ft of new retail and leisure space.
The 47,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme to be occupied by a B&M Home Store with Garden Centre and 205 parking spaces is also expected to be complete by September 2020.
"This development will not only regenerate a derelict site which has been empty for more than a decade, it is also bringing more retail and leisure facilities to local people, local jobs and economic investment from successful companies who are offering long-term commitment to the area," added Mr Plimmer.
Kingsway has emerged on the site of the former 340-acre RAF Quedgeley. The original masterplan included 3,300 homes, a 40-acre employment site, community and leisure facilities, retail, sports area and primary school.
Once complete, it is anticipated that these three sites will bring more than 100 jobs to the area, 40 at Lidl and 60 across PureGym and B&M.
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