Work on the £4.2m expansion of Grimsby’s Freshney Place Shopping Centre is scheduled to begin next month, creating hundreds of jobs for the region.

More than a year of applications, meetings and negotiations followed the announcement of the plans in 2014, but now the work to extend the retail space of the centre by a massive 27,000 sq feet will begin in June.

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When complete, the work will more than triple the size of the town’s Primark store, from 10,500 sq ft to 34,200 sq ft of retail space across two floors.

“This has been a project long in development, but it was important that every detail was carefully considered and the plan absolutely right before the work could begin,” said Freshney Place Shopping Centre director Amanda Austin.

“It will lead to the creation of 250 jobs during the construction and redevelopment works and more than 120 retail jobs upon completion, and it will ensure that Grimsby remains the number one shopping destination for people across the region.”

As the work begins, the existing Primark store will relocate to its temporary home in a reserved unit opposite House of Fraser.

“We knew that Primark would be using this available unit as a stop-gap whilst the considerable works are being carried out,” said Amanda. “These temporary alternate premises have been a part of the plan for some time, but we were unable to make this public knowledge until now.”

The redevelopment will see new retail space being created at the centre from the car park and storage areas, with work scheduled for completion in 2017. The construction work will be carried out by HCM Projects, part of Yorkshire-based Harris Construction Management.

“We are all so excited that this expansion is about to begin,” said Amanda. “This huge development will help underline and strengthen Grimsby’s shopping credentials, and undoubtedly attract more shoppers not just to Freshney Place, but also the town.