With more than 41,000 residents living in the immediate area, Kirkby has a bustling town centre that has benefitted from well more than £100 million public sector investment into new facilities including a new health centre, bus station, library, gallery, new market and public realm improvements. Knowsley Council acquired the town centre in 2019 to deliver a new modern retail development and drive wider regeneration of the area. Despite the Covid pandemic, the first phase of this new retail development completed in 2021 and has delivered a new 94,000 sq ft town centre extension anchored by a 45,000 sq ft Morrisons Supermarket alongside lettings to KFC, Taco Bell, Home Bargains and Pure Gym.
Alongside considerable retail growth, plans for a new cinema and leisure scheme in the town are progressing with opportunities for bars/restaurants from 4,550 sq ft to 5,700 sq ft. The Council is seeking end users to occupy the remaining 800 sq ft to 14,000 sq ft retail units available.
It is estimated that the construction will bring a £16m boost to the local economy and once completed, the retail scheme will provide approximately 360 new jobs.
A number of prime town centre sites, including in the 3.5 acre Kirkby Gateway site, are now available for mixed used developments. These range from 0.3 acres to 3 acres to accommodate further retail, leisure, commercial, hotel and residential development. There is an existing fully serviced site with planning consent for 35,000 sq ft of retail. If you’re interested to find out more about opportunities in and around Kirkby Town Centre please visit our ‘Opportunities’ page or get in touch with the team using the details below.