Kingfisher Shopping Centre

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Kingfisher Shopping Centre
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Location Redditch, England
Coordinates 52°18′20″N 1°56′26″W / 52.30553°N 1.940455°W / 52.30553; -1.940455Coordinates: 52°18′20″N 1°56′26″W / 52.30553°N 1.940455°W / 52.30553; -1.940455
Opening date 1976
Owner Capital & Regional Plc and Oaktree Capital Management[1]
No. of stores and services 150
No. of anchor tenants 5 (Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Next, Primark & The Range )[1]
Total retail floor area 1,100,000 square feet (100,000 m2)
No. of floors 3 (Some shops have upper floors)
Parking 2,800[2]
Website http://www.kingfishershopping.com/

Kingfisher Shopping Centre is a shopping centre in Redditch, England. It contains 150 stores, with a range of large and smaller units, including anchor tenants Debenhams and Primark. The home, leisure and garden retailer The Range opens on 14th July 2017, taking the former BHS unit. There are also several restaurants and cafes, a Vue Cinema and a bus station.

History[edit]

Kingfisher Shopping Centre was opened in 1976 by the then Prime Minister James Callaghan and now forms the town's primary retail centre. It is well known for its palm trees in the centre's Worcester Square.

The original trees and their accompanying fountain were removed by the centre's management after health and safety fears relating to the age of the trees, which were nearly thirty years old. More appropriate palm trees were planted after the 2002 redevelopment, and remain as of 2014.[3][4]

The centre is also well known for its large mosaic panels designed by famous Scottish artist and sculptor, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, which are the largest publicly commissioned work of Art in Britain, and valued at several Millions of Pounds. These Mosaics are located in the part of the Kingfisher known as Milward Square, which was named in honour of Henry Milward & Sons aka Milwards Needles, Redditch's oldest and largest Needle manufacturer. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and John & Rosemary Milward (owners of Barlow Woodseats Hall and representing the Milward family) opened Milward Square in 1983.[5]

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre was acquired for £130m in May 2012, in a joint venture between Capital & Regional Plc and Oaktree Capital Management.[1]

The Kingfisher Shopping Centre has recently undergone major redevelopment within all aspects of the mall with the inclusion of the UK's largest indoor LED advertising screen provided by Lush Digital Media [6] ((-))

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kingfisher planning application submitted | Capital & Regional". Capreg.com. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kingfisher Shopping". Kingfisher Shopping. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Archive | Homepage". Redditch Advertiser. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archive | Homepage". Redditch Advertiser. 4 May 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kingfisher Shopping". Kingfisher Shopping. 19 April 1983. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Lush Digital Media". Lush Digital Media. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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