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Big names hand boost to Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:29 22 April 2015

Anglia Square, Norwich.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Anglia Square, Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre has been handed a boost, after two of the biggest names in the complex committed to new leases.

Boots and Iceland have both pledged their future to the 1960s complex, which Threadneedle Investments bought for just over £7.5m just over a year ago.

Paul Hull, store manager at Boots, said: “We are delighted to reaffirm our long-standing commitment to Anglia Square and our desire to continue to serve our loyal customer base in North Norwich.”

And Danny Pond, store manager at Iceland, said: “We are very pleased to recommit to Anglia Square as a worthwhile location, and we look forward to continuing to be of service to all our customers old and new.”

Former Castle Mall boss Eric Kirk, who was appointed centre manager last year, said: “The fact that Anglia Square continues to offer an easy and accessible shopping experience with a good range of shops, a cinema and a large car park, means that our tenants are eager to continue serving the community’s needs.

“After Hollywood Cinema renewed its lease late last year, the centre’s future as a fun destination for the whole family was safeguarded.

“These latest renewals highlight the confidence that retailers have in Anglia Square and underline the role of the centre as a community hub for north Norwich.”

A major revamp of Anglia Square was in the pipeline for years and planning permission was granted. But the square ended up in the hands of the National Asset Management Company – the body created by the Irish government in 2009 in response to the Irish financial crisis. The Chelmsford-based new owners bought it from that agency.

It is understood the planning permission which had been secured will not go forward.

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