LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) have announced that it has launched a new £85m retail and leisure extension which forms part of Legal & General’s £220m retail and leisure scheme, formerly known as the Eastbourne Arndale Centre.
The extension has been an important catalyst for the wider regeneration across the town and is primed to create a further 570 jobs, driving continued economic and social growth. The launch also marks the full switchover from the Eastbourne Arndale Centre to being rebranded as The Beacon.
This weekend saw the opening of five brand new stores to the public. Schuh, New Look, Flying Tiger and Paperchase all opened their doors with Jack Wills also due to open early December, following on from Next, H&M and Fat Face who opened in October. Premier League Football Club Brighton & Hove Albion will also open a temporary shop in the extension until December 23.
The second phase of the retail and leisure extension will follow in April 2019, when Cineworld, Ask, Nandos, Chiquitos, Frankie & Benny’s and high-end jeweller, Brufords, will open for trade. To date, agreements have been exchanged on over 70% of the total extension floor area.
Michael Barrie, Head of Fund Management at LGIM Real Assets, said: “LGIM Real Assets has a long-term track record of regenerating towns and cities across the UK and has a depth of experience in creating unique retail and leisure destinations. Creating and improving a retail destination is more than just carrying out a refurbishment. It is about understanding the needs of the local area and working hand in hand with local authorities and occupiers to ensure a holistic transformation can take place within the wider town.
“Eastbourne has shown real loyalty to their town centre and its development. As a result our scheme already dominates its catchment with continued strong footfall numbers each year. The new retail and leisure extension will complement the existing centre, which has been successfully trading with the likes of Primark, River Island, Pandora, Arcadia, Boots and Sainsbury’s, with both Wilko’s and Deichmann now also open for trade. The expanded tenant mix and range of uses will only cement The Beacon further as the retail and leisure destination of choice in the local area.”