Project Jennifer begins looking for tenants
Source: Liverpool Echo
Developer St Modwen says it is a step nearer to bringing new life to Great Homer Street as it today started hunting tenants for new shops on the historic street.
St Modwen’s plans for a £150m regeneration of the street, dubbed Project Jennifer, went to a public inquiry in July and the Government is set to give its verdict shortly.
But St Modwen’s regional director Michelle Taylor told the ECHO she was optimistic the scheme would get the go-ahead.
And at the British Council of Shopping Centres annual convention in Liverpool, which starts today, St Modwen plans to speak to retailers interested in moving in to the new “large retail units” in Great Home Street opposite Project Jennifer’s flagship Sainsbury’s superstore.
Ms Taylor said the public inquiry, which focused on the compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) St Modwen needs for the scheme to go ahead, lasted just a day and a half, rather than the 12 days that had been predicted.
Sitting in front of a stand adorned with giant artist’s impressions of the Great Homer Street scheme, Ms Taylor said: “Today we are launching that 90,000sqft of retail space. We’ve not been able to market it before.
“We’ve been to this event for the two previous years. We’ve been talking to retailers about Great Homer Street, but at that time it seemed so far ahead because we were still going through the CPO process.
“This year we are stepping it up a notch. Project director Paul Batho and I are meeting various retailers with our agents.”
Mr Batho added: “We will be talking to them about the benefits of being located next to Liverpool’s biggest food store.”
Ms Taylor would not reveal the names of the companies she would be talking to in Liverpool.
But she said: “We are looking to the likes of Boots, Argos, and WH Smith.
“It’s very much about convenience. People will look to this centre for their everyday needs.”
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