This milestone in the regeneration of Rochdale has taken over a decade to achieve, having faced material economic, practical and commercial challenges along the way, and in doing so it is a testament to all of the public and private stakeholders involved in the project.
Kajima and Genr8 have worked closely with Rochdale Borough Council and contractors Willmott Dixon to complete a fundamentally important step in the regeneration of Rochdale town centre, creating a physical and commercial link between the traditional high street, the Metrolink station, the bus station and the Civic Centre. M&S, Next, H&M, River Island, JD Sports, Boots, Superdrug have all signed up for the scheme, along with Reel Cinemas, Puttstars, Nandos, Heavenly Deserts and Bean for the leisure elements.
Regrettably the opening planned for Friday 10th April has been postponed due to the current public health concerns facing the country.
Notwithstanding this, as an essential retailer, the M&S food hall opened on Monday 6th April. The store is open Monday to Saturday from 8am-6pm, and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sundays, and will ensure the residents of Rochdale’s food requirements are serviced. The first hour of trading is reserved for elderly and vulnerable customers on Monday and Thursdays, and for NHS and emergency services workers on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The car park is also open and operates free of charge for M&S customers and key NHS and Council workers.
The date of the Rochdale Riverside launch event and opening dates for the other retailers will be announced in due course.