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Plans to upgrade Great Yarmouth shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 08:55 16 January 2015

General view of Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth.

Picture: James Bass

General view of Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

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A major revamp of Great Yarmouth’s Market Gates has been revived by its new owners.

The scheme, which focuses on remodelling and extending the southern end of the complex at Regent Road and adding more units, won planning permission in 2011 before its then-owners went into administration.

Now Ellandi has taken a close look at its potential and decided that there is mileage in going ahead with the improvements, delivering a boost to the town centre and helping to counter recent knocks.

Under the plans the Regent Road entrance will be equal in scale to the Market Place opening.

The extension will also add an extra 20,500 sq ft of floor space over two levels in a bid to attract new anchor stores. It will also see the installation of a lift where currently there is only escalator access.

Town centre manager Jonathan Newman said the town had lost some larger retail space to banks and said Ellandi had seen an opportunity to create more. The proposals he said were a sign of increasing confidence in the town centre with a surge in interest from retailers that were doing well in larger units.

For the full story and an artist’s impression of what the revamped Market Gates could look like, see today’s Great Yarmouth Mercury.

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