Big names in frame for retail precinct

TWO big names have announced plans to open shops at an expanding business park.

Greggs and Tesco Express are among the firms confirmed to be moving into a new 10,000sq ft retail development at Quorum Business Park in Longbenton.

Construction of the five units, situated at the entrance to the business park, will start soon.

Tesco Express is letting a 4,000 sq ft unit, and Longbenton-based baker Greggs and coffee and deli sandwich retailer Eat@, relocating from Four Lane Ends at Benton, have also committed to shop units due to be open for business late next summer.

Quorum has sold the retail park to Northumberland Estates, and it will be managing the development phase and retain ownership of the completed scheme.

Quorum Business Park development director Fergus Trim said: “This is a key milestone for us.

“It will enhance staff and visitors’ experience on the site and forms a key part of our plan to create a first-class business park with first-class facilities.

“The retail parade will complement the mix of leisure and retail facilities we have available at the site.

“We hope the retail parade becomes the central hub for the park.”

Northumberland Estates commercial property manager Colin Davidson said: “With the growing working population at Quorum and quality tenants on the park, this was a good quality investment for us to expand our interests.

“We are particularly enthusiastic about this development as the new retail amenities will help attract further employment at Quorum and help support the region.

“We are looking forward to getting the units built and the shops open for business.”