Debenhams to open in Doncaster

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Teesland is poised to sign up department store Debenhams to anchor its new £70m Frenchgate Interchange in the centre of Doncaster, south Yorkshire.

The store is said to be in advanced talks with the Leeds-based Teesland about taking a 9,290 sq m (100,000 sq ft) pre-let at the scheme.

Teesland and its joint venture partners, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and the South Yorkshire Transport Executive, are building a transport interchange and shopping centre next to the Town Centre's Frenchgate Centre.

The extra 35,300 sq m (380,000 sq ft) of retail space will be built above a new bus station and linked to rail and coach services. There will also be a 1,400-space car park.

When completed, it is hoped the Frenchgate Interchange will help to revive Doncaster, which has been slowly leaking shoppers to Leeds and Sheffield.

The scheme already has consent and is scheduled to open in mid-2004. Teesland shareholder, Bank of Scotland, is part-funding the development. Lunson Mitchenall is the letting agent.

The existing Frenchgate Centre, bought by Teesland from Prudential last year, boasts a Sainsbury's, BHS, Boots, WH Smith, Woolworths and Primark. The C&A store was taken over by Superdrug.

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