THE owners of York’s Coppergate Shopping Centre have outlined further regeneration plans, including two cafés and new signs.
LaSalle, which bought the centre last February, wants to add two new free-standing kiosks in St Mary’s Square.
One of these could house a juice bar and seats could be provided to create a pavement café.
American-owned LaSalle has also unveiled a new corporate logo and signs, which will be displayed around the centre and adjoining car-park areas.
News of the proposals comes only a week after LaSalle revealed plans to expand five of the shop units, giving an extra 175 square metres of retail space. Those plans, and the latest ones, are subject to approval from City of York Council.
LaSalle’s plans include a new logo, incorporating a copper-coloured ‘C’ combined with a green ‘g’, which will be used on new signs at entrances and exits to the centre.
The large overhead signs at the main pedestrian entrance from Coppergate will be replaced, and new signs added at strategic points in the centre.
Simon Green, of LaSalle, said the signs and logos needed updating, and the new versions would be displayed throughout the centre and on marketing material.
He said the company also wanted to refurbish canopies outside some of the stores, with one aim being to change the pitch to open up the shop fronts and make them more visible. There would also be some improvements to paving.
LaSalle wanted two kiosks which would sell high-quality, non-alcoholic drinks, such as juice, and which might have seated areas for customers.
It is also hoping to refurbish the seating area in the centre of the square. The aim is to improve the appearance and facilities at the centre to attract more shoppers. Mr Green said separate, bigger-scale plans to extend the Coppergate Centre on to land between Clifford’s Tower and Piccadilly were still being worked up by regeneration specialists Centros, who are development managers for the scheme.