The North of England could be in line for a major luxury shopping village along the lines of Bicester Village, the hugely successful outlet centre near Oxford in Southern England.
An application for a major development will be submitted this week by FI Real Estate Management to be located at Botany Bay, in Chorley, Lancashire. The company is saying it will provide a big boost to jobs in the region and expects the proposed development to be a tourist magnet in the area that will attract visitors from all over the Uk and beyond.
The outlet stores at Bicester Village currently attract 6.3 million shoppers a year and the centre is the second most visited UK location by high spending Chinese Tourists after Buckingham Palace.
The planned Chorley outlet village would cover an 8.7 hectare site with around 70 store units built around a pedestrian street. There would also be cafés and restaurants built overlooking the adjacent canal.
The developers said they will target major global luxury names as tenants for the village that would be located near junction eight of the M61 motorway. The area currenlty has a shop[ing centre called Botany Bay, although the fashion offer there is small.
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