The Spirit of Sittingbourne are celebrating the arrival of Pizza Express, Wildwood, Travelodge and Home Bargains this Saturday with a pizza party which will be held at No.34 Sittingbourne High Street. Everyone is welcome to pop along between 11am-2pm to design their favourite toppings and enjoy a free pizza in return.
Originally announced back in August, the arrivals are now being promoted via two new illustrations which according to the press release “focus on the night-time economy that will be created by the scheme, highlighting the open space and impressive welcome for visitors with a clear connection from the train station to the high street.”
Will Mooney, partner at Carter Jonas, acting as outsourced development manager for Travelodge, said: “Sittingbourne is an important location for Travelodge. We have been trying to secure a quality site for some years.
“The quality of the scheme, the central location and associated retail and cinema occupiers were key to Travelodge’s decision in committing to the town.”
Russell Kirkham, Head of Acquisitions at Pizza Express, said: “We’re thrilled to announce that Pizza Express will be arriving in Sittingbourne as part of this exciting new regeneration development. The project looks set to put Sittingbourne on the map and it’s great to be a part of it.”
A spokesperson for Wildwood, said: “We are delighted to announce that we will be joining this important town centre initiative and look forward to working with Swale Council and U+I to open our doors to the residents and visitors of Sittingbourne.”
Cllr Andrew Bowles, Leader of Swale Borough Council said: “Our ultimate aim for this regeneration scheme is to breathe new life into the town centre, so existing shops can thrive, and new businesses choose to open in the area.
“The cinema will be complimented by the restaurants and hotel, and will provide a welcome boost in the number of visitors to the town.
“We know people are impatient to see work begin, but this is a complex development, with many interlinked aspects that need to be resolved to make sure the scheme is the success the town deserves.”
Richard Upton, Deputy CEO of U+I said: “Signing up these businesses demonstrates how much interest and opportunity there is in Sittingbourne, and our commitment to the ongoing revitalisation of the area. We expect that news of this will draw more leisure and retail operators to the town centre – helping to make Sittingbourne a true destination town.”
Mark Quinn, Chairman of Quinn Estates, the operator of the project, added: “Today’s announcement shows confidence from wider businesses and retailers in our plans for Sittingbourne’s regeneration; it also reflects the hard work of the Spirit of Sittingbourne team, and shows we can deliver what this town needs and deserves.”