Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 5m Expansion Is Revealed; New Metrocentre Food Outlet Could Create 230 Jobs on Site of Old Petrol Station

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 5m Expansion Is Revealed; New Metrocentre Food Outlet Could Create 230 Jobs on Site of Old Petrol Station

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Byline: LINDA RICHARDS

EUROPE'S largest shopping centre looks set to get even bigger. Proposals are being unveiled for a pounds 5m development at the Metrocentre which could create over 230 jobs.

MetrOasis will be a meeting and eating pedestrian link between the shopping complex and Metro Retail Park.

Capital Shopping Centres (CSC), which owns both Metrocentre and Metro Retail Park, want to transform the old Esso petrol station site with a range of food and drink outlets to tempt its 23 million annual visitors and 7,000 staff.

The proposal is for a landscaped boulevard with contemporary architecture and alfreso seating with restaurant operator, Harvester, likely to be involved.

The proposal is being unveiled at a public exhibition tomorrow and on Saturday when CSC wants to gauge shoppers' opinion on the scheme before submitting a planning application. Tim Lamb, Metrocentre's general manager, said: "We are very excited about the proposals. The scheme will revive a currently unattractive redundant site, and offer our shoppers a pedestrian-friendly route connecting the centre with Metro Retail Park.

"We hope our customers will take this opportunity to give their views on the scheme, which has been designed to enhance our visitors' experience."

The site, which has its own car parking, lies next to the yellow and red car parks and across Hollinside Road from Metro Retail Park.

MetrOasis will occupy the old Esso site, which has been cleared ready for redevelopment.

It would create over 230 new jobs for the local community and represent a pounds 5m private sector investment by the owners.

It's within walking distance of the three and a half miles of malls and the family entertainment attractions at Metrocentre Qube.

The vision is to create an oasis of calm and tranquility for visitors to the two complexes and surrounding area.

Pedestrian routes between Metrocentre and the retail park will be improved, including new signage and lighting.

CSC say the scheme will be striking in design, using high quality materials on the boulevard and landscaped areas. Over the next two days, shoppers are encouraged to give their views at the exhibition located in Metrocentre Qube next to the Customer Services Desk in the yellow mall. …

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