Ankerside shopping centre sold
NEWS that the Ankerside Shopping Centre has been sold has met with delight by councillors and staff who are hopeful the move will herald an upturn in the fortunes of the town centre.
Ankerside, which was opened in 1980, currently has several empty units.
The new owners are believed to be LaSalle.
Councillor Steve Claymore, cabinet member for Economic Development, told the Herald: "As far as I am aware, it has been sold to a company who are prepared to put a lot of money and time into redeveloping Ankerside, so it's very, very good news.
"We're excited for the future of our town centre," he added.
Tony Goodwin, Tamworth Borough Council's chief executive, was also delighted.
He said: "The borough council has been aware of the sale for some weeks and we are delighted that such an established agent as LaSalle has chosen to invest in Ankerside, which is of vital importance to our town centre.
"In doing so, it demonstrates a level of confidence in local retail opportunities and in the town centre itself.
"We shall be meeting with the agents shortly and we are keen to work with them in sustaining local businesses, regenerating the town centre and complementing the regional retail offer at Ventura."
Ankerside manager John Tarrant said: "It's a really positive step for Tamworth and we're looking forward to the future."
The Herald did contact LaSalle for a comment, but they had not responded at the time of going to press.