Another two businesses announce opening dates at Leighton Buzzard’s new retail park

Grovebury Road Retail Park
Grovebury Road Retail Park

Dates have been set for when two more businesses will open their doors to the public at Leighton Buzzard’s new Grovebury Road Retail Park.

Subway has been the sole presence on the site since it launched in early December, but on Friday (January 11) it will be joined by Pets at Home.

Subway opened in December

Subway opened in December

B&M has confirmed it is on track for a February 6 opening, which leaves M&S Foodhall, KFC, Topps Tiles and Costa Coffee still to reveal their target launch dates.

Retail park developer Claymore Phoenix told the LBO today (Friday) that M&S had just started fitting out its store but it hadn’t been informed by M&S of an opening date at present.

As the LBO reported in October, the final store could be Aldi, rather than Wickes.

The discount supermarket wants to take over Wickes’ position as an anchor tenant, subject to planning permission being secured, with Wickes having agreed to step aside.

One of the Grovebury Road retail park units

One of the Grovebury Road retail park units

The retail park originally gained planning permission in November 2013, with a condition that the presence of “convenience food retail” in the warehouses was forbidden. However, last year, with M&S keen to put a Foodhall on the site, Central Beds Council agreed to amend the Section 106 agreement to allow its presence.

Claymore Phoenix is now seeking permission for a similar concession for Aldi and CBC will make its decision shortly.