A number of well-known restaurant chains are rumoured to be on the way to Rushden Lakes.
Big names such as Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and H&M have already been confirmed for the major retail and leisure development being built off the A45 at Rushden.
The multi-million pound scheme is also set to have a number of restaurants and while their identities have yet to be revealed, the Northants Telegraph has been told of several restaurants which are ‘believed to be linked with the Rushden Lakes development.’
The five restaurants which it is believed could be taking units at the scheme are Wagamama, Pizza Express, Five Guys, Coast To Coast and Wildwood.
While the Northants Telegraph has not had official confirmation on these names, documents submitted as part of the planning application for the site’s cinema, bowling alley and eight restaurants, which was approved earlier this year, named four of these as the types of operators it could be getting.
The document, which was submitted as part of the application to East Northants Council’s planning management committee at the start of the year, said: “The proposal includes eight restaurants that will provide a range of family friendly dining options and will accommodate operators such as Prezzo, Coast to Coast, Chiquito, Pizza Express, Wagamama, Nando’s, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Five Guys.”
Given that four of the five names recently disclosed to the Northants Telegraph were suggested back in January in documents prepared on behalf of the Rushden Lakes developer LXB, there appears to be some credibility to the rumours that these eateries could be part of the scheme.
But while anticipation builds around which restaurants are on their way to Rushden Lakes, key elements of the scheme are taking shape and on schedule for next year’s opening date.
People driving past the former Skew Bridge site will have noticed the changing landscape as work progresses.
The unit which will be the home of House of Fraser is the most advanced, with its steel structure in place and cladding already adorning one side of it.
Marks & Spencer will take up a similar sized unit and work is progressing well on this unit.
A third steel structure has also gone up which will contain some of the smaller, more boutique-style shops.
As well as creating units for the numerous shops which will be there, construction staff have started laying out the areas which will be used for car parking.
The Northants Telegraph was recently given a tour of the site on the same day that key stakeholders met with LXB to discuss how the work is going.
Dozens of people are working on the site each day, many of whom are local to the area, and they are helping to make Rushden Lakes a reality.
Once finished, the site will boast names such as H&M, Primark, New Look, River Island, Joules, L’Occitane, Jigsaw, Phase Eight, Clarks, Tiger and Costa Coffee.
The first phase of the major development is due to open next Spring, and work is currently on schedule to meet this target.
The second phase will include the cinema, while plans for the third phase have yet to go through the planning process and no further details about what it will include have been released by LXB so far.