Scotch Corner Designer Village to open in 2023, say developers

An artist's impression of the new Scotch Corner Designer Village.

Scotch Corner Designer Village is still going ahead and will open in 2023, say the developers behind the scheme.

The scheme was initially due to be completed by summer 2020, however this was later moved back to the autumn of 2021.

The developers behind the scheme say it is still going ahead despite the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but it will not open until spring 2023.

Simon Waterfield, co-owner of Scotch Corner Richmond LLP, said: “Despite the Covid-19 crisis, we are pleased to confirm that Scotch Corner Designer Village, the flagship outlet retail and leisure destination, continues to progress.

“Whilst we take the appropriate action to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the project, we are using the intervening period to further develop the future phases of the site, plus we continue to negotiate with more top brands to join Scotch Corner Designer Village.

“Our ambitions for future phases of the scheme include a home and garden centre, leisure and sporting facilities, a hotel, drive-thru food offer, petrol filling station and employment units.”

He added that taking these factors into account, the scheme would now open in spring 2023.

“By then, the impact of the current crisis will be behind us, we will be through the recovery period, and the economy will have improved,” he added.

The complex will feature up to 92 shops, as well as ten restaurants and cafes.

Shops which have signed up so far include Tommy Hilfiger, BOSS, Calvin Klein, Adidas, Levi’s, Gap, Clarks, Moss Bros, Mint Velvet, Brook Taverner, Joules, Regatta and Skechers.

There will also be a number of independent labels and local designers, the developers say.

Wagamama and Five Guys will be two of the restaurants due to open at the scheme.

The developers say “dynamic event spaces” will host “fun and interactive experiences that will reflect the cultural buzz of Yorkshire”.

There will be “state-of-the-art play spaces” as well as free wifi.

Plans are also being drawn up for a garden centre to be build beside the shopping complex in the future.

The developers say Scotch Corner Designer Village’s low-rise, uncovered design will create a “village feel and pay homage to Yorkshire architecture through a series of open streets, courtyards and terraces”.