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Friday, January 20, 2024

Ayr Central retailers set for opening

Retail giants Next and Primark have begun the fit out of their new stores at Ayr Central Shopping Centre, south west Scotland which is set to open in Spring 2006.

Fashion favourite Next is expected to create approximately 30 jobs - including full and part time staff, while it is anticipated that Primark will create 80 jobs. In total the development is set to attract new inward investment and bring an additional 600 new jobs to the coastal town.

The scheme, which is anchored by Debenhams in a 7,432 sq m (80,000 sq ft) department store over 2 levels, has also secured lettings with H&M, Au Naturale, HMV with further announcements expected shortly. Integral to the scheme is the largest single level underground car park in the UK with 495 dedicated spaces.

Alan Kinloch, regional development manager of Henry Boot Developments comments: "Two major high street fashion retailers taking access highlights a significant milestone in the development and shows the huge demand for space at Ayr Central.

"Currently only 24% of Ayrshire residents shop in Ayr on a regular basis and following research we had carried out by London retail specialists, 74% of Ayrshire residents will be drawn back into Ayr town centre following the opening of Ayr Central. This will mean that an extra 250,000 people are expected to return to Ayr."

Evelyn McCann, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire said, "Ayr has already had some success in the retail sector, but with big name, quality outlets committed to this project, Ayr Central will build on that, and ensure that the town competes with some of the other modern shopping centres such as Braehead."