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Opening a shop window on Dover as new retail investors come to town

Strong interest in Dover is being expressed by national retailers as investment in new retail space opens, and the comprehensive redevelopment of the St James’s area take a major step forward with work starting on the demolition of Burlington House.  This weekend sees the opening of a new 24,600 sq. ft. B&M store at the White Cliffs Retail Park at Whitfield.  B&M join Pets at Home and KFC at the 41,450 sq. ft. development by Location 3 Properties

Located opposite a 86,000 sq. ft. Tesco Extra store, the White Cliffs Retail Park is close to the largest strategic allocation for new housing within the Dover district with plans for 5,750 new homes at Whitfield over the next ten years.

Demolition of the Burlington House complex in Dover started this week following a successful compulsory purchase order by Dover District Council.  Demolition of the 1950’s office block will make way for the comprehensive redevelopment of the St James’s area with a mixed-use development by Bond City Ltd with 120,000 sq. ft. of new retail and leisure space in the heart of Dover town centre. 

The site will include a six-screen Cineworld multiplex cinema, and a 108-bed Travelodge hotel.  Restaurant operators Bella Italia and Frankie & Benny’s have signed pre-let agreements, along with new stores for M&S (16,000 sq. ft.) and Next (16,266 sq. ft.).  A further four units are also under offer.    

Posted on 17/07/2015