New £2m Kettering shops project is completed

Simon Hargreaves (DBK), Paul Bishton (Redleaf) and Peter Hubbard (Lodge Park)
Simon Hargreaves (DBK), Paul Bishton (Redleaf) and Peter Hubbard (Lodge Park)

A new £2million retail scheme has been completed in London Road, Kettering.

The project, by developer Redleaf, comprises three retail units including a 5,000 sq ft unit which has been let to Midlands Co-operative.

Built on derelict land formerly used as a petrol station, the new Co-op convenience store will bring 20 new jobs to the area.

The scheme is completed by two 750 sq ft units with a hot food takeaway planned for one and a bookmakers for the other.

Paul Bishton, of Redleaf, said: “The completion of this scheme is great news and as the site has been vacant for a number of years, comes not a moment too soon. We have developed a modern, well-designed scheme on one of the busiest arterial routes in and out of Kettering with the intention of bringing useful amenities to local people and passing trade.

“The site remained vacant for many years, initially due to the recession but in the last few years, due to significant development issues relating to its former use as a petrol station. We also needed to ensure the development would be sympathetic to the nearby residential occupiers.

“The Co-operative convenience store complements surrounding commercial uses and has been exceptionally busy from the moment it first opened its doors to the public.”

Andrew Buckley, Head of Acquisitions at Midlands Cooperative, said: “We’re pleased to be a part of this improvement within Kettering and to bring a modern convenience food store, offering a wide range of products to the local community. Our colleagues at the new Kettering store look forward to welcoming new customers and are excited to work with the local community.”