The development of Arnold Market Place has taken a big step forward as potential tenants are urged to ask the local council about renting spaces. Gedling Borough Council posted on social media that the new, purpose-built development is nearing completion.
It’s right in the middle of Arnold town centre and the marketplace will have a new public space and building called AMP, which is due to open sometime this Spring. On their website, the council says it ‘has been specially tailored for enterprising local start-ups looking to make their first move on to the high street’.
The project is costing £4m, and is the biggest investment Arnold has received. Deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Labour councillor Michael Payne, has previously said it will ‘breathe new life’ into the area.
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Speaking in February, Cllr Payne said: “This is personal for me, I used to work as a teenager in the market, and my grandad peeled spuds at Cox’s Fish and Chips shop with my great grandma running it. The space outside the building is just as important, we still have some amazing Arnold market traders and it is quite right that this will be a great home for them.”
The project in Arnold will create around 40 new jobs through business employment and through the construction of the new buildings. Roadworks were in place all around the town centre earlier in the year while infrastructure work took place, such as the installation of a new substation.
Shoppers have previously said they are looking forward to the redevelopment, as long as there are new independent traders and not more charity shops. And local shop owners have said they are ‘excited’ for it to be finished.