A £ 12million front door project to bring a Tim Hortons and Taco Bell to the old Mansfield bus station is progressing.
The council-backed “Stockwell Gateway” plans of the ARBA group will replace the pre-existing car park which closed permanently in March.
Boarding is now in place around the site as work begins to progress, with ARBA officially taking possession of the site before its redevelopment.
New raffles will include Canadian coffee, Tim Hortons, alongside Mexican-themed Taco Bell, Domino’s Pizza and a 100-bed national brand hotel.
Council documents released ahead of a meeting next week show that Taco Bell has officially partnered with the program, along with the other two outlets.
And city buyers have expressed their views on what the new additions will mean for the city.
Liam Skillen, 22, from Mansfield, told Nottinghamshire Live: “Well, I’m very happy that Tim Hortons is coming to Mansfield.
“I go to the one in Birmingham every time I visit the city. But I wonder if another restaurant is the best option for this space.
“We need more variety in the cities’ retail and hospitality offering if we are to for Mansfield to thrive in the same way as before.
“But I guess it’s a start, it’s just not the answer to the city’s problems.”
“It should bring a lot of jobs, it should bring Mansfield back to life because right now he’s dead,” said a Mansfield resident who gave his full name.
A Birmingham resident in the city, who also did not give his full name, added: “This is going to be of great help to Mansfield.”
And a worker at the Four Seasons Mall, next to the old bus station, added, “That would be great, that’s a good thing.
With major stores, such as Topshop, having closed in the middle of the Four Seasons, and a few rows of stores in the Rosemary Center remaining vacant, it is hoped that new businesses will bring some life and excitement back to the city.
However, there are still hesitations about the projects of the ARBA Group, which are still in progress.
“Everything is closed so I don’t know why they want to come to Mansfield, because but that’s good,” said another downtown resident.
“It will create jobs for the area, but when? At the moment everything is on hold so I don’t really know what it will bring, but I hope it brings a lot of positive to Mansfield.”
Board documents for next week’s wrap-up and review meeting released an update on the status of plans.
The documents state: “The former bus station site was leased to the ARBA group on the basis of a long-term lease and a building permit was granted in November 2020 for the development of a 100-room hotel. , as well as three catering units.
“Over the past few months, preparatory work, utility and heritage surveys have all been undertaken at the site in preparation for the start of development and the end users of the three catering units have been registered. “
Mansfield District Council approved the £ 12million development in November last year.
At this time, it is unclear which national hotel brand will take over the 100-bed facility once it is completed.