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Beacon Logo Unveiling 130917 02 500

 

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The Eastbourne Arndale Centre will celebrate the opening of its £85m extension next year with a new name and a new look.

As the doors to the extension open for the first time in the run-up to Christmas 2018, the whole shopping centre will be re-branded as The Beacon.

The name was agreed following discussions, consultations and focus group meetings. It reflects the growing stature of the town in acting as a beacon for new investments and new developments.

The 22 new retail units, seven restaurants and 8-screen cinema in the extension, coupled with the fantastic range of shops in the existing centre, will act as a beacon to shoppers around the region looking for an exciting new experience.

The word “beacon” also reminds us of our coastal history and the landmark Beachy Head Lighthouse.

Andrew Rice, Fund Manager for centre owners Legal & General, said he was delighted with the new name.

“It’s never easy to find a new name for a shopping centre with a 37-year history in the town,” he said. “But after discussions and explorations, including meetings with key opinion formers in Eastbourne, we agreed unanimously that The Beacon was a great new name.”

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Stephen Lloyd MP said: "I think this is a perfect new name for what will soon be our stunning new shopping centre. Eastbourne has been bucking the trend for the last 10 years compared to most other seaside towns across the U.K. and securing such a major investment of private money shows that many serious investors recognise our town has a great future. And they're right!"

Eastbourne Borough Council Leader David Tutt said the new name had stronger links to Eastbourne than the Arndale. “The Beacon is a definite improvement on the Arndale. To me, The Beacon is an image of our wonderful lighthouse shining a light across Eastbourne and the surrounding area.”

EBC Leader of the opposition, Cllr Tony Freebody, said he was delighted at the progress of the scheme. “We can now see real visible progress on the extension to the Arndale Centre/The Beacon. This, coupled with the town centre improvements, will not only improve the offer for local residents and visitors, but will ensure that people will want to visit our town centre for years to come. It is one piece of a regeneration jigsaw puzzle that truly puts Eastbourne on the map.