Demolition work reshapes Burnley town centre

Burnley centre
Burnley centre

Work to reshape part of Burnley’s Charter Walk Shopping Centre is progressing well – according to the centre’s owners.

Shoppers in Burnley’s Market Square have been walking past the mounting piles of rubble outside the River Island store which is set to double in size when work is complete next year.

River Island is now also shop-fitting its temporary store in the former Superdrug premises at 12-14 Market Square that it will relocate to in early October.

The redesign, which has already seen the balcony walkway above the store ripped off, is part of a £3m. revamp being carried out by Charter Walk’s owners Addington Capital.

The owners also revealed that they are in “advanced talks” with national retail chains about the other two new units.

Work is already underway to reclad the facade of the shops.

When work is complete, expected to be in time for next Easter, River Island will have virtually doubled in size by expanding into the former W.H. Smith store next door. The fashion store has agreed a 10-year lease for the new unit.

Alex Wagstaff, a partner with Addington Capital, said: “Redevelopment works are progressing to timetable.

“The new stores will be available from next spring and we are in advanced negotiations with national multiple retailers for the remaining units.”

Work was originally due to begin last year on the scheme, which will be undertaken in stages and will also include landscaping.