Developers still tight-lipped over Morecambe shopping park

The names of the shops at Morecambe’s new £17m seafront retail park remain clouded in mystery.

Developers are still tight-lipped on who might move onto the new Bay Shopping Park more than a year after planning permission was given.

Opus North has finished a tendering process and will appoint a building firm to start work on the former Frontierland fairground site shortly.

But a spokesman said while there “has been movement with retailers behind the scenes” he was unable to give any names.

The only confirmed tenants so far are Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre.

The new 60-bedroom hotel and pub-restaurant will replace the Ranch House pub which closed on Sunday.

The spokesman said surveyors had been inside the former Ranch to prepare for its demolition, possibly in May.

He also said the Polo Tower would be demolished once a contractor is appointed.

Last July, Opus North confirmed they had been in talks with B&M Bargains and TK Maxx.

The Yorkshire firm, in partnership with site owners Morrisons, had aimed to start work in autumn 2015.

But in September last year, they said “practical hurdles” had slowed down talks with retailers.

Telecoms giant EE (formerly Orange) were also using the 168ft Polo tube as a mast but the licence was due to expire at the end of January 2016.

Planning permission was granted for the new shopping park, to include shops, restaurants and more than 300 car parking spaces, in November 2014.

Author: The Visitor