A taste of the future

St Helens Council Chief Executive Mike Palin (left)'with Paul Hubball from Orbit Developments.
St Helens Council Chief Executive Mike Palin (left)'with Paul Hubball from Orbit Developments.
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Two big chains are to make their move into St Helens town centre - providing a huge boost for the local economy.

Both Costa Coffee and Bella Italia have confirmed they will be moving into the new West Point development in the coming months, joining supermarket giant Aldi which opened its doors to the public in May.

And in a further boost to the borough’s leisure offer, hopes are high that details will soon be confirmed for a new bowling alley on the 5.3 acre site.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “This site was derelict for a long time but now we can all see how it is being brought back to life with an exciting retail and leisure offer that further strengthens the town centre. The imminent arrival of Costa Coffee and Bella Italia complements the wider leisure offer in that part of town, particularly the nearby Cineworld cinema.”

The site is being developed by Orbit Developments.

Senior development manager Paul Hubball said: “Development on the West Point site has stalled in the past, but since the development partnership between Orbit and the council was created, we’re pleased to see commercial development progressing well.

“It’s been a pleasure working with such a proactive and forward thinking council as St Helens – where private sector investment is welcomed as a key driver for 
redevelopment.”