New £1m KFC for Motherwell Set
Local councillors in North Lanarkshire have granted planning permission for a new £1.3m KFC drive through restaurant in Motherwell Shopping Centre – in a move that could signal a dramatic change in local shopping habits.
Chester Properties, who run the Centre, believe the KFC development and the 50 new jobs it brings, will breathe new life into the Centre at night and is a first step towards realising their ambition to introduce an evening economy.
News that the development has been given the go-ahead came as Motherwell reported a dramatic increase in shopper numbers, with footfall figures up by an average of almost 20% for the year compared to a flat performance on the Scottish High Street.
Chester Director William Gear said: “Having a new KFC will give us a double boost. It will be a great facility in its own right, and we hope it will act as a springboard to extend trading and other activities into the evening.
“We are enjoying a real boom in shopper numbers and have welcomed an great mixt of 8 new traders already this year including: Fashion retailer WestCoast, Store 21, Peter Frances Jewellers, Delights Café, Discount Cards & Party, Pisces Fishmongers & Poulterers, Pachuco fashion store and Socialite, our first ever e-Cig outlet.
“These deals follow recent lease renewals with Quiz, Officers Club and EE.
Motherwell shopping centre is well over 90 per cent let and attracted more than a million customers during the first quarter of this year, a record for the Centre.
“We also became the first shopping in the country to launch a ‘carry to car’ service which has been hugely popular with shoppers.
“KFC is the icing on the cake and we have pledged to back them with a £500,000 investment, as part of our commitment to improve facilities for our shoppers”.
Neil Armour Smith, KFC’s Senior Property Acquisition Manager said: “We are delighted to be opening in Motherwell and believe KFC will be a positive addition to the local area. The Shopping Centre is really buzzing mainly because shoppers see it as delivering great value.
“The new store will create 50 jobs jobs with real career paths and accredited training at every stage, including apprenticeships. A majority of these will be part time, which will bring real choice and flexibility to the local labour market.
“The impressive new store will be built using some of the latest innovations in design and green technologies. The latest contemporary set up has been designed to improve the customer experience while remaining sensitive to local needs. We also plan to open till 11.00pm, which means people will be coming and going all evening”.
However Motherwell’s KFC enthusiasts face a wait to tuck into their favourite chicken dishes locally – the new restaurant is not due to open till next Easter.