Modus has signed up two new retailers for its Houndshill Shopping Centre in Blackpool, a week before the centre opens.

Zavvi has taken a 6,000 sq ft store and Diamond and Pearls has taken a 1,223 sq ft shop.

The refurbished and extended Houndshill, which will be 400,000 sq ft upon completion, is due to open on 21 August.

Other retailers at the scheme include Debenhams, River Island and H&M.

Nigel Poad, leasing director at modus, said that getting so much of the scheme pre-let in the current difficult market demonstrated the strength of Blackpool and Houndshill as retail destinations.

Savills, Lunson Mitchenall, and Keenan & Co are agents on the scheme.