Work under way on new centre

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Work has started on a £10 million scheme to breathe new life into part of Rotherham.

The development of the new Bellows Road complex in Rawmarsh will include demolishing the 1960s Job Lot supermarket building to pave the way for five new shops in a shopping parade.

Caddick Developments, which is developing the site, has already pre-let space to Tesco, Heron Foods, Staniforth’s Bakers and Vantage Chemist.

The aim is for the new shopping centre to open in the autumn.

A new residential development is also planned for the site.

A Caddick spokesman said: “The existing centre was built in the 1960s and has experienced a gradual decline in both occupancy and the fabric of the buildings.

“In more recent years it has come under increasing trading pressure from other shopping centres making it even more difficult to sustain.

“However, local residents continued to support the retailers and the council used its compulsory purchase powers in 2009 with a view to redevelop the shopping centre.”

Myles Hartley, director of Caddick, said: “We are delighted to have now started on site and the new parade will include both well-known national retailers as well as local retailers.”