Gallagher Retail Park is a regional shopping destination adjacent to Junction 9 of the M6 motorway near Walsall.
The site was originally a 70 acre foundry site and was promoted for re-development in a joint venture between Gallagher and Triplex Lloyd in 1988.
The original planning consent secured from BCDC comprised a 185,000 sq ft store for IKEA, 64,500 sq ft of Open A1 non food retail warehousing, a fast food restaurant, 172,500 sq ft of B1 office accommodation, a public house and residential accommodation.
Following significant site reclamation works, including capping of mine shafts, decontamination works and the diversion of the River Thame, the site has been developed on a piecemeal basis which commenced with the delivery of the IKEA store.
In 1993 B&Q commenced trading from a 102,000 sq ft warehouse and in 1995 Currys & PC World took occupation of 65,000 sq ft of retail warehouse accommodation, and Burger King opened a fast food restaurant.
A further consent for 90,000 sq ft of bulky goods retail warehousing and 140,000 sq ft of B1/B8 office accommodation was approved in 1996. This phase of the development opened for trade in 2000 and was occupied by Currys, having relocated from Phase 1, Furniture Village, Furnitureland and ScS. Subsequently, Harveys have taken over the Furnitureland unit.
Two further fast food restaurants were developed and occupied in 2002 by Pizza Hut and KFC, following which a further 30,500 sq ft unit with a restricted consent was developed and let to PC World, who also relocated from Phase 1.
In 2010, the redevelopment of Phase 1 of the retail park was completed to provide accommodation for NEXT, Arcadia, TK Maxx, Mamas & Papas and Boots.
Also in 2010, change of use was secured in respect of the B1/B8 office accommodation, enabling Decathlon to open a 50,000 sq ft retail store.
Recent initiatives have included the sale of two small parcels of land, one to a local builders merchants and the other to Marston's for a family pub restaurant.