Shops on way for centre

A MASSIVE investment in a shopping centre is paying off with more tenants moving in.

Three new shops are opening in the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, and bosses believe it is a sign that the new-look for the centre is attracting outside businesses.

Centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “We are actively marketing the units and we have changed a few of our tactics.

“One of the new shops is on a short-term lease and the others on longer term.

“People are starting to see that the landlord has invested in the shopping centre. It is all positive action.”

The three new arrivals are ladies fashion outlet Opus which opened three weeks ago, creating two new jobs.

Fellow ladies fashion store Krisp will open on the main mall next to WH Smiths and will create two to three jobs in the next few weeks.

And Lizzie’s silk flowers has become a tenant in the indoor market with one job created.

Mr Rycraft added: “We are extremely pleased with the level of investment in the shopping centre in such a short space of time.

“Alongside this, our new look will be unveiled in three to four weeks time and our new signage is being installed as we speak.

“We also have Bhs which will be opening its store after Christmas.”

Shopping centre owner Premier Property Group (PPG) is in the middle of a major £2m investment in the shopping centre.

The Mail revealed PPG’s plans in May when we told how a rebrand, a facelift and a major push to bring in more business was all on the way.

It has so far paid dividends with Bhs taking a 15-year lease on a 35,000 sq ft store in the heart of the centre.