More chain stores for Milton Keynes (but at least the Market is safe for now)

By 9th December 2011Feature

The owners of Milton Keynes’ shopping centre have revealed plans to create space for yet more chain stores in the concrete city.

The centre, now branded as thecentre:mk (presumably for those too simple to use full words) seems to have made it its mission in recent years to ram as much high street monotony into MK as possible.

Now it has revealed its ideas to create a giant space for two new large stores next to BHS and TK Maxx – providing yet more opportunities for generic boxes of commercial twoddle to arrive in the centre.

The only saving grace in the project is that the Milton Keynes Market, which has long been rumoured to be moving from its prime location, has secured a new home right next to the shopping centre.

The Market, which is pretty much the only area in the centre in which small independent traders can ever hope of affording a space, will move to a new spot next to Midsummer Arcade.

Although some traders are worried about the disruption this might cause, Market head honcho Brian Nunan is confident it will be a positive move. He told Beatcheck: “It’s a prime spot in a good position. The market offers something different in the centre of Milton Keynes.  People really enjoy it and we’re 100 per cent behind it.”

Thecentre:mk management told Beatcheck they welcome feedback on their plans, so whether you have any views on commercial nonsense, or our beloved tatty market stalls, make sure you make your voice heard.

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