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Clothing giant TK Maxx will be the anchor store in the newest part of Macclesfield’s shopping centre, it has been revealed.

The announcement has been welcomed as a ‘show of confidence’ in the town and will create dozens of jobs.

No set date has been set for the opening as the finishing touches are being put on the £11m redevelopment of the Grosvenor Centre, but its manager said the store would welcome shoppers ‘later this summer’.

Grosvenor Centre Manager, Ed Kennedy, said: “I’m thrilled that TK Maxx will be the first name in our new retail space.

“Everyone involved with the centre has been working hard to bring them here. For the last year the people of Macclesfield have watched the centre grow and the development take shape.

“We want to provide the best range of shops that we can, and the arrival TK Maxx really demonstrates our commitment to securing the best possible retailers.

“It’s fantastic that in the not too distant future shoppers will be able to experience it.”
 
Owner Eskmuir Securities is spending £11m on the expansion, which was originally due for completion in spring.

TK Maxx is set to take up around half the space in the extension and further announcements are set to me made about other retailers.

The centre’s management have said the unit facing Castle Street is likely to be a restaurant.

A new glass canopy has been built over the entrance to the mall on Castle Street and more than 200 tonnes of steel have been used to build the structure.

Macclesfield MP, David Rutley, said: “The new store will create a number of new jobs for local people and I’m looking forward to seeing it open later this summer.

“The investment in the centre from the landlord shows a real confidence in both the immediate and long-term future of Macclesfield.”

The development is a key part of the council’s five-year ‘vision’ for the town centre.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for regeneration said: “Together with the council’s planned transformation of Castle Street, this will breathe new life into the primary shopping area of the town.

“I am also pleased to see the number of unique independents which have opened in the town in recent months.

“With a big-name anchor like TK Maxx to boost footfall and such a distinctive offer of local smaller shops, bars, cafes and restaurants I am optimistic about the future of the town centre, and would urge everyone to come and support the town’s traders”

TK Maxx spokesperson, said: “We’re delighted to be opening a brand new store in Macclesfield and can’t wait for shoppers to walk through our doors and discover their own treasures.”
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