Grand National the centre of attention

A redeveloped village shopping centre was officially relaunched on Friday – with a visit by two titans of the turf.

The 13,000 sq ft New Carrington Centre in Eccleston features a 4,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s convenience store, along with eight shops, including the post office, pharmacy and library.

It was officially opened on Friday morning and Grand National winning horses Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs were there.

Ballaseyr, Andreas''Trevor Hemmings with Grand National winners Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs

Ballaseyr, Andreas''Trevor Hemmings with Grand National winners Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs

Hedgehunter won the National in 2005 and Ballabriggs in 2011.

They are owned by multi-millionaire Chorley business tycoon Trevor Hemmings.

A & S Holdings has acquired the centre from Mr Hemmings’ Northern Trust, but the scheme will still be managed by Northern Trust’s in-house management company Whittle Jones Chartered Surveyors.

To celebrate completion of the works on site Sally Hardie, from A & S Holdings, formally unveilled a plaque at the launch, in Café Manna attended by occupiers at the new development.

Sally said: “We are thrilled to have this chance to be involved with the community, and we wish every luck to the businesses in residence and thank them for supporting this project, and this area.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: “We’re really pleased to have opened a new Sainsbury’s Local in Eccleston, which has created 20 jobs.

“The scheme is well designed and we believe our store will encourage more people to visit and shop in the centre.”

A spokesman from Northern Trust said: “We have worked closely with the community, occupiers at the centre, local authority and other key stakeholders in bringing forward the plans for the redevelopment of the Carrington Centre.

“We are pleased to see them finally come to fruition.

“Having the two Grand National winning horses on hand to showcase the new parade of shops is a fitting occasion for the centre which has brought significant investment into the area.”

The centre plans also incorporate a housing scheme which is being completed by Bloor Homes and comprises 62 family homes.