Owner hints at ‘big names’ for Quadrant shopping centre

The Quadrant shopping centre
The Quadrant shopping centre

The owners of the Quadrant shopping centre in Dunstable have revealed they are in talks with several “big names” to take over units.

The Quadrant was purchased by property investment group Edinburgh House in October, along with five other shopping centres from Glanmore Property Fund in a deal worth £80m.

Tony Quayle, managing director of Edinburgh House, said: “It’s still very positive, the plans are to work with the existing structure.

“We are collating new occupiers whose space requirements aren’t yet being met, and so we’re hiring architects drawing up alterations to units.

“Alongside the alterations, there will be a refurbishment programme with new branding and a new image. It will involve new lighting and a new decorative feel to it.”

Mr Quayle said shoppers could expect to see a difference “in a couple of months”.

The ambitious plans include getting mainstream high street brands back into the shopping centre.

Mr Quayle said: “There are three or four major names who we are in discussions with.

“We are helping 12 existing tenants to meet their space needs, and the architect has been employed for several weeks so he’s working on those sketches.”

He added: “It’s all very early days, we’re still very positive about the commitment and we’ve managed to secure various names.”