Hear from John Ralston, McArthurGlen's Regional Operations Director for the UK, France and Belgium about their designer outlet development in Cannock.
About the McArthurGlen designer outlet in Cannock
In summer 2018, McArthurGlen, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets, started construction of the new £160 million designer outlet in Cannock, spanning 285,000 sq ft of retail space across two phases. The development will become the Group’s 26th centre, and their seventh in the UK. This investment will create a landmark retail destination and community hub in the West Midlands, generating 1,000 jobs for the local area, supporting around £20 million of employment income for the local economy every year. The centre is set to attract more visitors to the area, growing local tourism spend by more than £3 million annually.
Due to complete in 2020, Phase I will be home to 80 sought-after premium and luxury brands offering year-round savings of up to 60%, a selection of restaurants and cafés, a children’s play area, bike parking for cyclists and 1,400 car parking spaces.
McArthurGlen will deliver an additional £1.5 million investment in various projects that will bring significant benefits to the local community, which forms part of their planning agreement with Cannock Chase District Council. This investment programme will include the enhancement and ongoing maintenance of the Mill Green Nature Park, improvements to Cannock Town Centre and the railway station, and support for developing skills and employment prospects for local people. McArthurGlen has also committed £15 million to a highway improvements programme.
Derbyshire based construction company, Bowmer & Kirkland, has been appointed to deliver the scheme.
The start of construction on McArthurGlen’s latest UK project comes at a time of rapid growth for the Group, which opened Europe’s first designer outlet in the UK in 1995 and now operates 24 centres in nine countries. McArthurGlen will enter its 10th market when it opens the first designer outlet in the south of Spain this year. It is currently expanding two of its existing centres in the UK - Cheshire Oaks near Manchester, which is the country’s largest designer outlet, and Ashford near London. Last year, the company announced that it will be adding a second phase to its award-winning centre at Vancouver Airport in Canada and obtained final approval for the first and only luxury designer outlet in the western Paris area.