Coffee shop set to take final unit at Hornsea's new shopping centre
A NEW multi-million pound shopping complex in Hornsea is on the verge of being fully let.
I-Space has invested £2.4 million transforming the old petrol station site in Newbegin into six retail units.
The Original Factory Shop department chain, which is investing £250,000 into one of the new stores, is joining Cooplands Bakery, Fultons, Harpers Fish and Chips and Robinson's Newsagent on the site.
I-Space director Simon Dixon told the Mail talks were well under way with a national coffee house for the final unit.
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Pauline McCorquodale, The Original Factory Shop's area manager, said 20 jobs will be created with their new store.
She said: "I am confident the store will breathe new life into Hornsea town centre and in these testing economic times will play a very important role in the local community.
"Our aim is to be an integral and valuable member of the community and be active in it, supporting local people in as many ways as we can.
"We will be launching our Make A Difference campaign in the town, where we will search for a local community organisation to support in 2012.
"This initiative has raised more than £100,000 for local causes across the UK since it was founded two years ago and now we are looking forward to making a difference in Hornsea."
According to Mr Dixon, about 87 per cent of Hornsea residents shop out of town.
I-Space was involved with the Tesco store in the town, which opened in January this year, creating more than 200 jobs.
There are also plans by Kemp Developments Ltd to create six retail units in a half-Victorian and half- Edwardian building in Newbegin.
Added to the success is a multi-million pound investment of the town's Freeport shopping village, which has seen the likes of Cotton Traders, Mountain Warehouse, Regatta and Nike open up on the Rolston Road site.
Mr Dixon, of the North Newbald developers, said: "This is an important development for the town.
"There have been a lot of national retailers interested in the units.
"With the current climate, I have been quite surprised with the interest.
"I hope the success will help other developments in the area. It shows national retailers have confidence in the town centre."
It is hoped all six units will be open by early next month.
The Original Factory Shop is due to open on Saturday, July 7.