Work is taking place on the new B&M store at Central 12 retail park in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown of Stand Up For Southport

Fit out work has begun on the new B&M store which is due to open soon at the Central 12 retail park in Southport. 

The national discount retailer is in the process of moving from its site on Lord Street in Southport town centre and into Central 12. 

The firm will join together two vacant units, previously occupied by Outfit and Sports Direct in Units 1 and 2, creating an estimated 30 jobs.  

The new 23,309 sq ft B&M store will include a new external garden centre area to the rear of the store, to allow a broader range of goods to be sold. 

It will be situated between the existing Asda superstore and Boots. 

The new B&M will open its doors this summer, with the exact date to be revealed. 

A planning condition imposed by Sefton Council insists on the continued trading of B&M from its existing store at 95 Lord Street to the expiry of its current lease in December 2025. 

The B&M Bargains store on Lord Street in Southport

The B&M Bargains store on Lord Street in Southport

B&M is set to be the first national brand to join Central 12 just weeks after the retail park was bought by LCP,  part of M Core, in a deal believed to be worth £27 million. 

Anchored by an ASDA superstore, the centre on Derby Road comprises 162,143 sq ft of open convenience retail, with retailers including The Range, Poundland, Iceland, Boots and Next.

The 13-unit shopping park, close to Southport Railway Station, also has a car park for 600 vehicles.  

James Buchanan, Group Managing Director at LCP, said: “We have invested more than £115 million in retail assets this year, demonstrating our determination and commitment to investing in the UK retail sector. Acquisitions such as this form an important part of our programme of investment as we seek to consolidate our portfolio and add value to it.”

James Buchanan, Group Managing Director at LCP, said: “We have invested more than £115 million in retail assets this year, demonstrating our determination and commitment to investing in the UK retail sector. Acquisitions such as this form an important part of our programme of investment as we seek to consolidate our portfolio and add value to it.”

Central 12 in Southport

Central 12 in Southport

Barry Flint, LCP Director and asset manager to the site, said: “Central 12 is a busy retail park with a range of national brands and independent retailers, which has a real community feel to it.

“We’re renowned for our intensive asset management and the team is already on the ground, making several improvements, including updating the public realm.

“We’re speaking to new national retailers and local management about how we can continue to improve the shopping experience for visitors, and are committed to working with the local community to ensure that the park is a positive asset for the area. We hope to announce new retailers very soon.”

The planning application submitted to Sefton Council for the scheme said: “Unit 1 was most recently occupied by Outfit, a subsidiary of Arcadia which provided an outlet for Arcadia brands (Topshop, Topman, Burton, Evans, Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge) generally located in an out of centre retail park location. 

“Arcadia entered into administration in November 2020 and while a number of brands were sold to third parties, administrators for the Group were not able to find a buyer and all Outfit stores closed as of January 2021. Unit 2 has remained vacant for some time, having previously been occupied by Sports Direct.

“The operator requires an area of outdoor garden centre space, an amalgamated floorplate and a number of internal and external works to facilitate their operation. 

“The occupation of the unit will introduce a new employer to the retail park, offering employment opportunities to the local community across a number of roles. 

“It is anticipated that a store of this scale and nature would offer 20-30 roles across a range of levels, entry points and contract basis including full time and part time employment. 

“The introduction of a mixed goods retailer in the unit will increase consumer choice. 

“The proposed store will introduce a garden centre to the shopping park, broadening the choice of goods sold.”

  • Three units are available at Central 12. For all enquiries, contact Barry Flint: BFlint@lcpproperties.co.uk, 07825 138755. 

 

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