Centre owners in talks with new retailers

Edinburgh Houses Ian Knight (second left), shopping centre manager Geraldine El Masrour, and Councillor Gary ORorke (far right) met with John Allan, Michelle Syme and Scott Symington of Motherwell Past and Present Community Facebook group to discuss the future of the centre.
Edinburgh Houses Ian Knight (second left), shopping centre manager Geraldine El Masrour, and Councillor Gary ORorke (far right) met with John Allan, Michelle Syme and Scott Symington of Motherwell Past and Present Community Facebook group to discuss the future of the centre.

The owners of Motherwell Shopping Centre are currently in negotiations to bring six new retailers to the town.

Following a meeting with members of Motherwell Past and Present Community Facebook group Edinburgh House announced it hopes to introduce a book shop, a jeweller, a fashion accessories retailer, a fishmonger, a delicatessen and a pizza restaurant.

This comes as year on year footfall increased 18 per cent with 4.7m people visiting the centre in the past year.

Edinburgh House senior asset manager Ian Knight said: “Our aspiration is to continue to improve the mix of retailers in the centre with a particular focus on fashion, but also targeting other sectors where there is a lack of offer.

“We are currently in discussions and seeking to finalise lease terms with a book retailer, a jeweller, a fashion accessories retailer, a fishmonger, a fresh food store/delicatessen and a sit down pizza restaurant.”

Edinburgh House has ruled out putting a roof over the centre, but is looking into providing extra shelter.

Mr Knight said: “We have explored the options available and while a roof covering the whole of the centre is not possible we are looking at creating some areas with additional shelter against the weather.

“We have to take into consideration keeping access routes clear for emergency vehicles and so we are looking at the design options available.”

Discussions are ongoing with the police and North Lanarkshire Council over concerns about drug addicts, beggars and drunks in the centre.

Mr Knight said: “Both the council and police are taking this seriously and looking at a number of ways to deal with the situation.

“We have a team of wardens who work with the police on a daily basis to look after the centre and the safety of shoppers.

“We can’t prevent people walking through the mall as it is a Public Right of Way, but we do ask those causing a public nuisance/disturbance to leave.”