The latest new stores at the revamped Abbey Wood Shopping Park in Filton are due to open their doors over the next few days.
This phase of new store openings comes after a collection of major chains opened their doors late last year following a major £10 million refurbishment and extension project.
The park is now home to Asda, Costa Coffee, Sporting Pro, Frankie & Benny’s, Nando’s, Matalan, Pets at Home, Brantano, Next Clearance and McDonald’s.
The 16,000 sq ft B&M store will be the fourth in Bristol, creating a further 60 jobs for the local area. The store will be opened by representatives from St Peter’s Hospice. The charity will receive a £250 gift card donation on the day to mark the start of a new, ongoing relationship with the Filton store.
The new store will offer a wide variety of branded and own label products including groceries and toiletries as well as an extensive non-food section including toys, soft furnishings, home and gardening ranges. It will also have a prominent ‘seasonal department’ which will change throughout the year to bring customers the best offers and latest ranges.
Around ten new jobs will be created at the new Subway franchise, the opening of which brings the total number of Subway restaurants across Bristol to 24.
To celebrate the Grand Opening of Abbey Wood Shopping Park, Subway will be introducing the ‘Real Deal’ meal deal where diners can choose from a range of freshly made 6-inch Subs and a drink for just £3.
Chris Robinson, Store Manager at B&M Abbeywood, said:
“We’re really proud to be opening another store in Bristol, creating up to 60 jobs and playing our part in the local community.”
“We are excited to get the doors open on Thursday 20 February and very grateful to St Peter’s Hospice who will be officially opening our store. Our new team of colleagues will be on hand to provide great value products and world class service to our customers throughout the day.”
The redevelopment of the park has included redesigning the car park and common areas to create a public realm and developing buildings to provide new community space and leisure facilities.
The former Woolworths and TJ Hughes stores has been demolished to build nine new units ranging from 1,500 sq ft – 45,251 sq ft including the new Asda store, the canopy and façades along the Northern Terrace have been renewed, further enhancing Abbey Wood as an attractive shopping destination. Artwork displaying a black and white scene of Filton Abbey Wood Station has also been installed to the rear of Costa and Nandos.
A new pedestrian foot bridge has been created to the rear of the new Frankie & Benny’s to improve the access from Filton Abbey Wood Station and the Ministry of Defence’s Abbey Wood site. In addition, bike racks have been installed for cyclists using the surrounding foot and cycle paths that link the site to Bristol Parkway Stations, the Ministry of Defence and UWE’s Frenchay campus.
The success of the redevelopment project will be celebrated at a Grand Opening event at Abbey Wood Shopping Park on Thursday 20th March. The local public can enjoy free samples, tasting, street performance and circus acts from 4pm.
For further information on the Grand Opening and individual store and restaurant opening hours visit www.abbeywoodshoppingpark.co.uk
Source: Press release issued on behalf of Abbey Wood Shopping Park.
Photo: The Asda store at Abbey Wood opened on 2nd December 2013.