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Windmills Cafe
Windmills Cafe

Motherwell Shopping Centre has received a boost with the news that empty shops on Brandon Parade East are filling up fast.

One of the new arrivals says it has been so busy it has not had time to hold an official opening.

Chester Properties, who run the centre, have leased two of the four remaining units on Brandon Parade East, one to Peter Francis Jewellers and the other to a café operator.

There has also been strong interest in a third property, which would leave just one shop to let.

Windmills Café at the far end of Brandon Parade East opened two months ago, but the volume of business means plans for an official opening have been put on the back burner.

Development officer Margery McBain said: “We wanted to hold an official opening to thank everyone for their support in getting the café up and running.

“But we have been so busy that we just haven’t been able to make the time which is a lovely problem to have.”

Chester director William Gear said: ”From our point of view it is a real delight to see that end of Brandon Parade East so vibrant and busy, especially since that situation can only get better when our latest tenants move in.

“Our priority now is to let the two empty units at the Brandon Parade South entrance to the centre and find a tenant for the upper floor of the old Asda building”.

Peter McGeogh will run the new jewellery shop. His father, Peter senior, runs a long-standing wholesale jewellery business and the family also have a jewellery shop in Wishaw.

The Peter Francis shop is aiming to open this weekend with up to three family members and around the same number of part-time staff.

And aother Brandon Parade East unit has been let to a cafe operator.