The Midland’s own ‘Bicester Village’ comes one step closer this week.
Work is starting on the road network around the huge McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village in Cannock on December 3.
There has been much excitement around the £160 million shopping village as, once complete, it will boast 285,000 sq ft of retail space.
It’s set to feature designer outlet stores similar to those found in Oxford’s Bicester Village and Cheshire Oaks.
However, people are being warned to expect some disruption to traffic as the roadworks are carried out.
“The road improvement scheme is vital,” Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport told the Stoke Sentinel.
“Undoubtedly it will create some disruption in the area but it is a necessary part of the development.”
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Roads around the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village will be closed for the duration of the work.
Bus companies are putting diversions in place.
Councillor George Adamson, leader of Cannock Chase District Council, said: “The reality of creating one of the most significant things to happen in the district in recent memory is definitely here now, with this exciting news.
“As construction commences we will be working closely with McArthurGlen to ensure that disruption is kept to the minimum for our residents, as we progress to a development we can all be very proud about.”
The first phase of the development is due to be completed by 2020 and will be home to 80 premium and luxury brands.
Being an outlet village, customers can expect up to 60 per cent of recommended retail prices.
It will span a massive 30 acres across Cannock once fully complete.
Developers promise it will be family friendly with plenty of places to eat and drink plus a children’s play area and a large car park too.
Gary Bond, joint managing director of development at McArthurGlen, said: “We are thrilled to start construction on this milestone development for Cannock.
“The new centre will generate significant employment for the local area and create a new retail destination for the region, serving 11 million local residents.
“Cannock Designer Outlet will be built to the highest standards of architectural design and sustainability, reflecting and respecting the surrounding natural landscape.”
Permission for the designer village at Mill Green was granted in September 2016. It is expected to create 1,000 jobs.
Find out more about what to expect at McArthurGlen Cannock here
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