You may remember that in 2019 The Square Shopping Centre, had their planning application approved for new residential living space, new office space, car park, retail and leisure facilities.
In May, its owners detailed further plans to help update and improve the space from Wow Comix up to Peacocks to a busy online zoom conference call hosted by Altrincham and Sale Chamber of Commerce.
Here, Michael Brown details plans to remove the gates between Boots and Peacocks at the top of School Road, which will really make the rest of the centre much more inviting. Also, the shopfronts on both sides are to be updated and the canopies to be removed – making the space look and feel brighter.
However, it doesn’t stop there! Additional office space is to be created by re-purposing some of the first floor locations of The Square, making them into smaller, more affordable workspaces for small businesses. This will also encourage more retailers to occupy the ground floor space, as they won’t have the additional space upstairs to pay for (space that often goes unused). Along with the renovation of Springfield House, these will bring back daytime workers to the town centre – helping local shops and businesses during weekdays.
Generally in Sale there are further discussions around the updating of Sale Leisure Centre, renovations of Jackson House (again, bringing in more office workers to the town), work agreed to improve the streetscape and public realm, more restaurants and bars opening to improve and boost the night time economy further.
It really is an exciting time for Sale, and the Partnership will be working with these local businesses, organisations and Council to bring around the changes needed to update and modernise the town centre.