A public consultation has been launched by Kier Property Group on plans to transform part of the former Kingsway Hospital Site, on the west side of the city into a new Next store, restaurant and drive-thru coffee shop, which could provide up to 160 full- and part-time jobs.
The 2,415 sq m footprint Next store will replace the retailer’s current shops at Kingsway and Wyvern Retail Parks, alongside a 371 sq m restaurant, a 167 sq m coffee shop and drive-thru and a total of 207 car parking spaces.
The plans also include significant highways improvements, including widening the exit lanes from Kingsway Retail Park and the possibility of hosting one of Derby’s new e-bike hubs.
Dan Hyde, Senior Development Manager at Kier Property commented: “If the development is successful, we will look to widen the exit lanes for the Retail Park. What’s more, we are looking at greener ways to support the city and currently looking at how we can support cycling in the area. We look forward to discussing the plans with members of the local community to gain as much feedback as possible to assist with our proposals.”
Gary Robinson, Regional Estates Manager from Next added: “We have been looking to invest in a new Derby store for some time and the Kingsway location is the most appropriate. The new store will not only provide a better range of products for our customers, it will also create a better environment for our existing staff. We want to give the people of Derby the best of the Next store experience in what is going to be a top class building that is 100% relevant to the needs of the modern shopper.”
The Next store will feature homeware, café and click and collect, including Next’s ‘Express to Store’ collection service, alongside a fashion offer.
The consultation process will include a public exhibition about the proposals on Friday 30th
November from 3.30pm to 7.30pm in the Kings Highway Pub, Rowditch Place, DE22 3NH, with members of the development team on hand to answer any questions the local community may have.
A formal planning application will be submitted once feedback from the consultation has been analysed by the development team.