Restaurant group Bella Italia and coffee chain Costa have both put their names to a new retail development taking shape in St Helens.
The high profile foodservice duo have signed up to take space at the West Point site, which last month welcomed supermarket giant Aldi to the area.
Council leader Barrie Grunewald said it was a boost for the site to gain two big operators.
“This site was derelict for a long time but now we can all see how it is being brought back to life with an exciting retail and leisure offer that further strengthens the town centre,” he told the St Helens Star.
The imminent arrival of Costa Coffee and Bella Italia complements the wider leisure offer in that part of town, particularly the nearby Cineworld cinema.”
The site is being developed by Orbit Developments. Its senior development manager Paul Hubball said the addition of Bella Italia and Costa was evidence that the development was firmly on track.
“Development on the West Point site has stalled in the past, but since the development partnership between Orbit and the council was created, we’re pleased to see commercial development progressing well,” he said.
It is understood that Bella Italia and Costa are both targeting spring 2016 for the launch of their outlets.