Kent

Full occupancy hope for Margate shopping centre

Margate shops Image copyright PA
Image caption Thanet District Council wants to bring more shops back into occupancy as part of the town's regeneration

Work is under way to bring derelict shops back into use after the owner of a Kent shopping centre went into administration.

Thanet District Council said £60,000 was being spent on refurbishing The Centre in Regal Walk, Margate, with the aim of returning it to full occupancy.

Current occupiers include Boots, Peacocks, Card Factory and Shoe Zone.

The previous owner went into administration and the centre was bought by new owners in March.

Core shopping area

The council said M&M Asset Management, which was acting for the new owners, wanted to make The Centre more open and more part of the High Street.

As well as vacant units being upgraded, The Centre will be deep cleaned and repainted and the benches will be repaired.

Councillor David Green said: "The Centre is a core part of the shopping offer in Margate and I am delighted that this level of investment is being spent on improvements."

Margate is undergoing overall regeneration, with the reopening next year of Dreamland as a "vintage-style" attraction.

At the other end of the seafront, the Turner Contemporary gallery opened in 2011.

But less than two weeks ago supermarket giant Tesco abandoned plans to open a superstore next to Dreamland, which would have seen the Arlington House tower block renovated as part of the project.

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