Subway is just one of the stores to take up residence at a new retail development in Ninian Way in Wilnecote, Tamworth.
The site was previously occupied by Central England Co-op’s supermarket. Now, plans for Starbucks, Greggs and sandwich franchise Subway to establish stores there have been announced. They’ll be joining Lidl, B&M and KFC.
The site has been empty for the past two years, but its rejuvenation will create around 240 new jobs and encourage people back to the area. Central England Co-op has partnered with Hawkstone Vale Developments and will start construction work in summer 2021. One of its spokespeople said,
“We would like to thank locals for their patience, and we will continue to keep everyone up to date with the latest news as the project progresses.”
Andrew Kirton, Hawkstone Vale’s Managing Director, added,
“It is great news that the plans for the Ninian Way site have been approved and we are now able to create a development for Wilnecote to be proud of, bringing a range of long-term benefits to the area.”
Roy Rogers, who is a councillor for the area of Wilnecote, described the loss of the original site:
“When the closure of the old store was announced in 2017, it was a shock to the whole community in Wilnecote. It wasn’t just the store closing, it was the loss of other vital services to the community, such as the number eight bus route, which had and still has an impact on many elderly people.”
Alice Tuffery, Point Franchise ©