Operator for cinema in Grimsby town centre could be confirmed as early as next week
An operator for the proposed new cinema for Grimsby town centre has been provisionally agreed, a North East Lincolnshire Council report has confirmed.
The potential operator could be announced as soon as next week, at the upcoming Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 20 October.
The cinema would be the main attraction within the proposed £27 million redevelopment at the market hall end of the town centre.
According to the report, Essex-based firm Quarterbridge – which has special expertise with market revitalisation schemes – has been appointed by North East Lincolnshire Council to help develop the new Market Hall.
The report also states that the owners of Freshney Place are being kept informed – along with other business owners in the area – and are working closely with the council as the scheme progresses.
It reads: “Bi-monthly Board meetings attended by both the Council’s delivery team and Freshney Place representatives are taking place to ensure the effective delivery of the scheme remains on track.
“There has been wide engagement with stakeholders in the development of the FHSF proposals, given the nature of the scheme the focus of the engagement has been with Freshney Place.
“The key stakeholders, including the market traders, Old Market Place and Flottergate retailers, property owners and Freshney Place retailers have all been presented with information on the vision for the development, and appointed a point of contact for further enquiries.”
The entire development is set to cost around £27 million, and will be funded through a combination of public and private sector investment and external grant funding of £17.28 million.
In May, the Leader of NELC, Councillor Phillip Jackson, said the vision for the town centre is “really exciting”.
“The vision for the town centre is really exciting, and really complements the work that’s being done at St James’ Square and Garth Lane, which we’re looking forward to unveiling in the coming weeks,” he said.
“This latest confirmed funding for the town centre jigsaw will help bond all the new elements together so that there’s a revived space for people to enjoy living in, working in and visiting.”