Glasgow Fort Shopping Park creating up to 250 jobs

CINEMA AND RESTAURANT DEVELOPMENT FOR GLASGOW FORT SHOPPING PARK

A £9m leisure development will begin this month at Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, creating up to 250 jobs through the build and up to 200 once it is completed.

The 45,000 sq ft extension, which is due to be open next summer, will a Vue cinema and five restaurants; TGI Friday, Prezzo, Harvester, Chiquito and PizzaExpress.

Phil Goodman, Centre Manager at Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the leisure development will soon be underway and we can look forward to an important and major extension to the Park’s offering by next summer.

“Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, as well as a wide range of retail outlets, already has a number of restaurants and cafes which are very popular. By adding a cinema and more big restaurant names to the mix, the Park will have even more to offer to our customers.

“This development will cement our place as a place for family, friends and individuals to shop, eat and enjoy their leisure time.”

The project, with Millar Construction UK as its main contractor, will support 250 jobs and once completed the complex could create a further 200 local jobs.

Currently, Glasgow Fort stores employ around 2000 people, with around two thirds of these coming from the local area as part of its commitment to community regeneration and it will work with the Glasgow Regeneration Agency (GRA) to help local people secure jobs at the new development.

Calum Graham, Chief Executive of GRA, said:

“This announcement of a new cinema and leisure facilities at Glasgow Fort is excellent news for Glasgow residents, who are facing major challenges in accessing the labour market. GRA are delighted to be working with our partners at Glasgow Fort to offer fantastic employment and training opportunities at the new development to so many people.”

Being built on the north side of the park, adjacent to where Asda Living and Hobbycraft are located, the project will not interfere with the day to day use of the shopping park.

Phil added:

“A leisure development will be a great addition to this area and provide a real boost in terms of entertainment provision, as well as for the area’s economy.

“This development comes at an exciting time for East End of Glasgow. With the Commonwealth Games coming, we will be proud to have such a fantastic showcase for visitors to come and enjoy what the area has to offer.

“We understand the role we can play in helping support the local economy and community and will work with our partners to identify jobs for people from the East End of Glasgow.”

The Hercules Unit Trust (HUT), the specialist retail warehouse fund advised by Glasgow Fort Shopping Park’s owner British Land and managed by Schroders, secured the letting of the development, with Morgan Williams and Montagu Evans acted for British Land.