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Mega expansion of Speke Retail Park set to create 1,000 jobs...

More shops, more restaurants, more cinemas, more traffic

Written by . Published on February 18th 2015.

Mega expansion of Speke Retail Park set to create 1,000 jobs...

THERE’S  talk of a cinema complex and more shops, but will the big new facelift of the New Mersey Shopping Park in South Liverpool sort out the traffic chaos?

On busy days traffic along Speke Boulevard, heading to the shopping mecca, one of the biggest in the UK, is bumper to bumper.

Owner British Land say says there will be “significant improvements” to the layout of the car park. But it’s the “in and out” onto the road network that needs most attention, as regular visitors will realise.

It’s a problem affecting any shopping park in the area, Cheshire Oaks and the Trafford Centre included.

On Friday a mobile exhibition will be opened outside Smyths Toy Shop to give shoppers and staff a chance to view and comment on the big facelift and refurb.  It will be open between noon and 7pm on Friday and between 10-30am and noon on Saturday.


There’s promise of around 1,000 new jobs being created, which includes 400 construction roles.

British Land has owned the shopping park since 2001, but going back in time it was originally conceived with government funding to create jobs in a range of ready-built factory units.

The problem was there were few takers for the manufacturing units which, for a long period, stood empty.  The Speke Garston Development Company, a quango set up to regenerate the area, realised the potential of transforming them for retail use and the park took off.

It has become a thriving jobs provider in the area, with a host of high street names including M&S, Next, Arcadia, JD Sports, Boots, New Look, WH Smith, Clarks and Argos.  

There are currently 31 retail units on the park, two restaurants and three ATM machines.

The new plan will mean more stores on the roster. British Land say they hope to make a number of enhancements,  improving the look and feel of the zone, creating a cinema, restaurants and new leisure facilities.

A British Land spokesman said: “Prior to submitting a planning application we are committed to consulting with local stakeholders, our retailers and shoppers.”

Garston once boasted a number of cinemas, but none survive and the age of the silver screen bypassed Speke altogether.


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15 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

In addition to planned housing developments, the traffic from the new bridge, the fact that it is a route to and from the Airport would appear not to bode well for future traffic. The same could be said for Edge Lane, putting a shopping complex on a main arterial route from the city centre to the M62 does not inspire confidence. Still what would I know...When is the next tram?

Mystery ShopperFebruary 18th 2015.

I can’t say it’ll be a problem for me, the best shops in that retail park closed down and left years ago. It’s so downmarket it made Borders look posh.

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AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

It's funny you should say that, so did Woolworths, C&A, Owen Owens, Littlewoods, Blacklers, Hendersons, Waterworths and a few more.Now we have Poundland, B&M, Home Bargains....I could be here all night...Do you get thjavascript:Confidential.ReplyToComment('36CI');e picture?

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

I think the pen ran out.

Mystery ShopperFebruary 19th 2015.

The only outstandingly different shop that made the journey there worthwhile was Japanese clothes shop Uniqlo.

iggle piggleFebruary 22nd 2015.

The least alluring Laura Ashley I've ever been in

John BradleyFebruary 18th 2015.

Nice Train Tram link to Lime Street which carries on to the Airport and Speke would be nice.

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AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

Alright Jazz Club calm down.

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

Just who do these bloody people think they are, bringing all their money, regeneration, jobs, opportunities and growth here and burdening us with them? Don't they know we prefer to wallow in the familiar comfort of post war wasteland and fucked up old ruins that nobody wants? the nutters

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

"it's a problem facing any shopping park in the area". No it isn't. Trafford Park and Cheshire Oaks are quite a hike. They suffer from being adjacent to Industrial estates and the motorway system, you have to be selective when to visit. Gemini and Widnes and Halton are in the area, they do not suffer the same problems as Trafford Park which is at the confluence of the merging motorway system. The motor car would appear to rule. We'll just have to avoid Speke Boulevard.

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AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

say what? I could have eaten two tins of alphabetti spaghetti and shat out a better summary than that!

KazFebruary 22nd 2015.

2 restaurants!? Since when has McDonalds,(even pizzahut) classed as this? As someone who lives in the area & works across the road from Speke Retail, I encourage the prospect of some better options to eat & drink at lunchtime/after work without having to drive to Woolton or Allerton Road. Don't forget all the additional traffic from the new imagine housing estate, currently under construction too.Traffic is shocking everywhere now, & getting worse.... Train or tram please, but will that happen? No.Just get used to it.

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AnonymousFebruary 22nd 2015.

Try that greasy spoon down by the Weaver Ind Est....On second thoughts give it a miss.

unhappy eaterFebruary 22nd 2015.

Sadly the American definition of 'restaurant' - a noisy shed with neither tablecloths or cutlery, seems to favoured by the chumps in charge.

AnonymousFebruary 22nd 2015.

it does need a facelift!

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