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pounds 6.5M work on complex set to start.

Work on the pounds 6.5m revamp of a Darlington shopping complex will begin next month.

Expansion of the Cornmill Shopping Centre will see construction of a 31,000sq ft retail unit and a multi-storey car park providing 410 parking spaces.

The shop unit has already been let to clothing retailer TK Maxx but the company was unavailable for comment to confirm how many jobs were being created.

York firm Shepherd Construction will carry out construction and manage the project from its Darlington office.

Cornmill Shopping Centre manager, Albion Small, said: "An investment of this value, with construction awarded to Shepherd, a local company, is excellent news for Darlington and its economy.

"In addition, the opening of TK Maxx will improve consumer choice and offer new employment opportunities for the residents of Darlington."

Work will start on February 14 and is expected to last until December.

The multi-storey car park will replace the existing Crown Street car park and increase parking by 160 spaces.

Crown Street car park will close from Saturday, February 12, and re-open in December 2005.

The improvements to the Cornmill come as four developers are bidding to take over the pounds 90m development of the Commercial Street/Queen Street scheme in Darlington.

The project was thrown into doubt after initial developer St Martin's Property pulled out.
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Title Annotation:Business Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2005
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