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DOUBLE BOOST FOR LEEGATE SHOPPING CENTRE

2011 has got off to a great start at Leegate shopping centre with the announcement of two new deals. St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has been granted consent for a new street market at the Lewisham centre and has also let the largest unit in the precinct to charity Sue Ryder Care.

Sue Ryder Care, the national health and social care charity, has signed a lease for the 11,475 sq ft former Kwik Save unit. The store will sell new, pre-owned and affordable goods including new furniture donated from reputable furniture retailers.

In addition, St. Modwen has received consent from Lewisham Council for a street market to open three days a week. The market, which will sell food and non-food goods, will provide a range of trading and employment opportunities and help increase the overall vibrancy of the centre.

Killian Morris, senior development manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are delighted to let the largest store at Leegate and, along with the new market, it will provide a real boost for the centre. The market will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people to sell their goods and will bring new job opportunities to the area. Like similar town centres, Leegate has suffered with the recent economic downturn but we’re working hard to attract new retailers and other businesses. The centre has an important role in providing local goods and services, whilst serving as a hub for a variety of community based organisations.”

St. Modwen has already selected a licensee to run the street market. Deborah Slade will be responsible for finding traders to fill the space and she is keen to hear from existing or potential stall holders in the area. Interested parties can contact the Leegate management office on 0208 297 9728 for further details.

The news follows the opening of the Lee Green Community Centre in the shopping centre by the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock and the MP for Lewisham East, Heidi Alexander in July 2010. The community centre hosts a range of activities for local people.

In addition to managing the shopping centre, St. Modwen is working up a set of proposals for a regeneration of the overall scheme.

Killian added: “We are currently in discussions with Lewisham Council and other stakeholders about our proposals for the long-term regeneration of Leegate. We look forward to working with all parties to bring forward plans for a redevelopment which is sought after by the local community.”

St. Modwen will begin consulting the community shortly on the regeneration proposals for Leegate shopping centre.