Manchester Council to acquire Wythenshawe shopping centre from St. Modwen

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The Council is making a strategic acquisition in the heart of Wythenshawe town centre that consolidates its wider land ownership to provide a platform to explore options around investment and regeneration.

The shopping parade is the commercial centre of the area and a vital resource for local people to access shops, leisure facilities and other amenities.  

Due diligence will be undertaken over the coming weeks with a view to the Council completing the acquisition before the end of the summer.  

Work is underway to ensure that the change in ownership will have no impact to traders, tenants and businesses in the centre, allowing them to continue to provide valued services to local customers without disruption.  

Over recent months the Council has been working on a long-term future vision for the potential regeneration of the town centre that includes new homes, employment and cultural space alongside investment into public realm. 

Further details of the redevelopment works will be released in due course alongside consultation with local people and businesses.  

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Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said: “We know how important the town centre is to local people in Wythenshawe as a lifeline to shops and amenities. We also know that residents have wanted to see more investment in the centre for some time, so it’s fantastic to get the ball rolling on what will be a transformational redevelopment for the centre and for local people. 

“We’ll be undertaking some consultation exercises with local people in the coming weeks and months to share our vision for the town centre and get invaluable feedback from the very people who use it regularly.” 

A spokesperson for St. Modwen said: “As St. Modwen’s strategy has shifted in recent years to focus on logistics development and housebuilding, we are happy that Manchester City Council will be the custodians of Wythenshawe Town Centre moving forward. We see a great future for the area and look forward to seeing Wythenshawe thrive as part of longer-term regeneration plans.”