They are: Wagamama – Japanese inspired food; hamburger restaurant, Byron; Chiquito – the UK’s largest tex-mex chain and Frankie & Benny’s – American inspired food.

Wagamama will be situated on the ground floor of the 170,000 sq ft scheme while the others will be located on the first floor alongside the entrance to the new nine-screen cinema that will be operated by Cineworld.

The announcement by Legal & General Property, owners of the Arndale Centre, follows the news earlier this year that Nando’s was the first restaurant to sign up for the extension.

Neil Crawford, Retail Development Manager at Legal & General Property,said: “Expanding the variety of high quality, family-friendly leisure options on offer with four more top names coming to the town, this is fantastic news for the extension and for the people of Eastbourne. Demand has been very strong and negotiations with other tenants are at an advanced stage. We therefore hope to make further announcements very soon.”

Work is already well underway to carry out the first £2 million phase of the extension to create a contemporary glass atrium at the Centre’s west entrance, nearest Banker’s Corner, and upgrade nearby shop fronts and facades to be in keeping with the style of the new extension.

Kier Construction, with a regional office in Crawley, is carrying out the work. It has built a temporary entrance to allow access to the Centre throughout the period to ensure business as usual for shops and customers.