A bargain retailer and coffee shop chain have signed up to open new sites in the Black Country.
Birmingham-based developer Hortons’ Estate is leading the project to build Birchley Island Retail Park in Oldbury and has agreed terms with B&M and Canadian café chain Tim Hortons.
Existing buildings on the site will be renovated and extended alongside new-build construction work.
B&M will create a 20,000 sq ft store and 5,000 sq ft external garden centre while Tim Hortons has committed to a lease of a new 2,800 sq ft standalone drive-thru restaurant that will be developed on the park.
Other planned work includes a retail facility of 20,750 sq ft, which Hortons’ Estate said was currently under offer, and an extension to the existing building to create a further 16,000 sq ft unit, earmarked for leisure use.
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Hortons’ Estate received planning approval from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council last year to deliver a total of 65,000 sq ft across the site of the old Toys ‘R’ Us store in Wolverhampton Road.
There will also be alterations to the car park while an existing McDonald’s drive-thru will remain in situ. Construction work is due to commence in the spring.
Steve Tommy, head of asset management at Hortons’ Estate, said: “We’re delighted that our plans for Birchley Island Retail Park have been approved.
“Sandwell Council has been very supportive of our vision for the redevelopment of the site and the potential it offers to create jobs for local people.
“This is a prime location that is clearly attractive to retail and leisure operators, despite challenging market conditions.
“It is very pleasing to have already signed occupiers of the calibre of B&M and Tim Hortons and to have a third building under offer.”
The Oldbury Toys ‘R’ Us site has stood empty for three years following the collapse of the national toy chain.