Two national firms – home improvement chain Screwfix and decorating, glass and builders merchants Kent Blaxill – will move into Lincoln’s Bishops Trade Park off Outer Circle Road.
Screwfix has taken a 4,165 sq ft unit. Kent Blaxill, which already has 16 outlets including one in Stamford, has taken a 3,045 sq ft mid-terrace unit and the new branch will create four jobs.
Managing Director Simon Blaxill said: “We are very excited about our arrival in the historic city of Lincoln where have wanted to be for some time. We have a great location for our 17th store following recent openings in Stamford, Market Harborough and Cambridge.
“Key to our success is our people and the atmosphere we create which is unique in the world of paint.”
Lincolnshire investor Padley is now celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of the development.
Toolstation, which is part of Travis Perkins, was the first to sign up by taking a 3,085 sq ft unit. It is expected to create six to eight jobs (full-time equivalent), which will complement its existing branch in South Lincoln.
This leaves the last few units remaining in the new Block A development and discussions are at an advanced stage with other prospective occupiers. Overall, the wider development is expected to create 450 jobs.
Angela Andrews, Chief Executive at City of Lincoln Council, toured the site after the completion of the first phase.
She said: “We are delighted that Padley has invested in this part of the city and has already secured three national tenants. This is great news for Lincoln, creating new employment and also an attractive accessible offer for trade customers and members of the public.”
William Wall, Banks Long & Co Director, added: “Trade counter operators like to cluster together. They are finding the Bishops Trade Park attractive because the area is already estabished for this use. We are confident this scheme has the power to provide much-needed employment for the north of the city.”
First phase units were previously made available from 3,045 sq ft in size. Second phases properties started at 1,650 sq ft, with later phases capable of accommodating larger units of 20,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft in size. Overall, the trade park is expected to provide 175,000 sq ft of accommodation.
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