New faces and new look for St John’s Retail Park

St John's Retail Park, Bedford. new fascias.
St John's Retail Park, Bedford. new fascias.

Two new major retailers have now started trading on Bedford’s St John’s Retail Park, which has also benefited from a major facelift.

The project is part of a £2m revamp of the park by owners the Howard Group.

Newcomers to the Park are Hobbycraft and Wren Living.

Hobbycraft, who are the largest arts and crafts retailer in the UK with 78 stores nationwide, has taken Unit 7 with 8,450 sq ft of retail space on a new 15-year lease. The new store opened on May 22 with an official launch and special celebrations on Saturday, May 24. These included a range of free instore activities, demonstrations and gifts to the first 100 customers.

Wren Living, designers, manufacturers and retailers of kitchen cabinets, bedroom and lounge furniture with 40 showrooms across the UK, has taken Unit 6 with 10,000 sq ft of space on an assignment of an existing lease to 2020. The unit was previously occupied by electrical retailer Comet.

The store opened its doors on Friday.

The site is presently home to Halfords, Homebase, Currys, Carpetright, Mothercare, PC World and Maplin and the most recent addition, a Costa Coffee drive-through unit.

The Howard Group has embarked on a major refurbishment of the park and all retailers on the phase 2 area of the park now have new entrance frontage and fascias.

There is new site signage at the main park entrance and enhancements throughout the site.

The works form part of a wider £2m revamp of the development which includes the creation of some new retail space.