More names have been signed up for the multi-million pound Rushden Lakes development.
LXB, the developer behind the major retail and leisure scheme just off the A45 at Rushden, has exchanged pre-lets with clothing retailers Jigsaw and Phase Eight as well as L’Occitane which sells beauty products and cosmetics.
The latest names come after LXB recently exchanged contracts with Cineworld if plans for a 12-screen multiplex are approved for the site.
They will be joining Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Primark, H&M and Costa Coffee who have also signed up for Rushden Lakes.
A statement by LXB’s chief executive Tim Walton in a report about the company’s new developments said: “We have seen some excellent progress on letting up the remaining space across the group’s retail property investments and I hope there will be more news to report shortly.”
About 750 people attended a three-day consultation recently on updated plans for the site, including a cinema, bowling alley, additional restaurants and indoor climbing area.
If the cinema plans are approved, it is hoped that building for that phase of the development could begin in summer 2017.
But work on the site is already well under way, with the site being prepared ready for construction to start early spring.
It is hoped that the first phase of the Rushden Lakes scheme will be ready to open in spring 2017.
Rushden Lakes is a £140m leisure and tourism destination which will create 1,900 permanent jobs and open up the surrounding countryside for people to enjoy free of charge.
A total of 30 acres of the 244 acre site on the edge of the A45 will be built on.
The development will include 380,000 sq ft of shops, a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A45 linking Rushden Lakes to the town, waterfront restaurants, a lakeside visitor centre as well as footpaths and cycle routes.
The Crown Estate agreed a deal to buy the site from LXB Retail Properties earlier this year, although LXB remains involved in the scheme and will be delivering the retail and leisure proposals.