The new shopping centre being built on the former Britvic factory grounds in Chelmsford should be open by Christmas.
The soon-to-be Clock Tower Retail Park in Westway was once home to the city’s soft drinks firm, which closed its doors three years ago.
The former site was demolished in January, with the 90,000-sq ft lot undergoing a massive overhaul,which will see it transformed into a shopping hub with big-name stores including Marks and Spencer, Aldi and Costa Coffee.
Roy Whitehead, leader of Chelmsford City Council, said the development is at an exciting stage.
He said: “Britvic is developing and most of the shops should be open just before Christmas.
“Work is proceeding at a pace. It is going to be a suburban shopping centre.”
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In May 2016, the council announced that the factory had been sold to Aberdeen Asset Management, who are working with Exton Estates to develop the site.
A Marks and Spencer Simply Food store will be on the site, as well as popular supermarket Aldi, Costa Coffee and ScS.
The coffee chain has signed a 15-year lease on a pod unit comprising 1,800 sq ft.
The iconic tower has been demolished, but planning documents revealed it will be replaced by a modern replica to commemorate the site’s history.
Cllr Whitehead added: “We are keen to see that site develop given it was closed for quite a while and it will create around 300 jobs which is so important.”
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