Northampton shopping centre puts plan for new American diner on hold as renovations continue

Newly refurbished flooring at the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton.
Newly refurbished flooring at the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton.

A multi-million internal renovation of the Grosvenor Centre in Northampton is on track to be completed by May– but plans for an American diner have been put on hold.

Legal and General, which owns the town’s 32,000 square foot retail space says it is three months away from completing the overhaul, though plans to turn the former Disney Store unit into an Ed’s Easy Diner have stalled.

A spokesperson for Grosvenor Centre owners Legal and General, said: “We weren’t able to deliver a store for Ed’s Diner during 2014 however there is a desire by both parties to have them in The Grosvenor Centre and those discussions are ongoing.”

A spokeswoman for Ed’s Diner said its plans to bring a diner to Northampton had ‘fallen off the company’s schedule’.

Currently much of the indoor shopping centre, which Legal and General described as the ‘engine room’ of trade in Northampton town centre, is covered by scaffolding while new steel and glass balustrades are installed on the upper floor.

By May there will also be new ‘feature’ lighting, escalators, lifts and new flooring.

Centre manager Russell Hall, said the visual overhaul would help attract more retailers to take up units at the centre. He said: “The refurbishment has already helped secure lettings with OPEN and the new, larger Primark and Next stores that opened late 2014 and will help to attract new brands and retailers to Northampton.”

All the works to the malls are currently being undertaken outside standard trading hours and in phases so that retailers and visitors are not disrupted.