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Two of the retailers from the old Connah’s Quay district centre in Flintshire have signed up to be part of the new £15 million site, which St. Modwen – the UK’s leading regeneration specialist – is transforming into a new retail hub for the area.

Connah’s Quay MOT testing centre has taken two units at the Flintshire site, located at Ffordd Llanarth, whilst Deeside fish and chip shop has taken one unit.

Paul Batho, senior development manager at St Modwen, said: “It’s great news that we can accommodate some of the old retailers in the new scheme.

“They were part of the original development and will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to move into improved business space and trade alongside national retailers. We look forward to making some more announcements about tenants in the near future.”

Demolition of the original 1970s-style centre started in June 2009 and has now been completed. The construction work has been tendered and is anticipated to start on site towards the end of the year. It is currently projected that the new £15 million development will be completed in the summer of 2010.

The scheme will include a 52,000 sq ft Morrisons food store and 20,000 sq ft of complementary retail space. The plans also include enlarging the car park to provide 325 spaces, introducing disabled, motorcycle and cycle parking facilities, improving pedestrian links to and within the centre, and providing a bus pick-up point.

Outline planning consent was granted to St Modwen in April 2008 by Flintshire Council. Detailed planning consent was granted in July this year.