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Planning permission for former BHS to become cinema in Doncaster mall

Planning permission has been granted to develop a new multiplex cinema at Frenchgate Shopping Centre in Doncaster, in a further example of increased leisure facilities at retail locations.

The scheme comes from the centre’s owner, The Frenchgate Limited Partnership, which is in discussions with potential cinema group tenants. The cinema will be located in the remaining part of the former BHS store in the mall, the rest of which contains a Flip Out trampoline park. Frenchgate was the first UK centre to achieve planning permission to convert a former BHS store from retail to leisure use.

Construction on the £8m project will start later this year for a scheduled opening in 2020. The cinema will occupy 1,393.5 sq m (15,000 sq ft) and provide up to eight screens. There will also be space for three new food and beverage operators, occupying a total of 557 sq m (6,000 sq ft).

“The new cinema will be an exciting addition to Frenchgate, expanding on our adventurous leisure offer and evolving a retail destination that reflects the changing needs of contemporary consumers.  Situated in such a central location, we are the hub of the town, providing visitors from across the region with an experience for everyone to enjoy,” says Paul Devlin on behalf of The Frenchgate Limited Partnership.

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