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The Beacon launches with opening of five new stores:

December 4, 2018 2:38 PM

I was delighted to be at the opening of the walkway from the new Beacon to the older Arndale section end last week. Five new stores opened at the same time as this, the first phase of Eastbourne's £85 million extension. Including -
Schuh, New Look, Flying Tiger,
Paperchase, Brighton & Hove Albion opening a shop up until Christmas.

I'm also told that Jack Wills is due to open imminently, and all these join the other new openings; H & M, Next and FatFace.

It marked the switchover of the former Eastbourne Arndale Centre to The Beacon.

The second phase of the extension will follow in April 2019 with the multi-screen cinema and restaurants.

This has been a long time coming and many people have worked incredibly hard to make it a reality. I am very grateful to all of them for their truly Herculean efforts!!

A town centre is genuinely the heart of any town and we've all seen those that are dire and when that happens folks, it's almost impossible to turn a town around.

I am enormously proud this is not going to be allowed to happen to our beloved Eastbourne.

Combined with all the other investments that are taking place in Eastbourne - from the eagerly awaited new Devonshire Park conference and theatre area, Langney Shopping centre re-development, the Sovereign Centre and more; serious money is going in to ensure our town is really well placed for the future.

This will mean more jobs, more opportunities and more prosperity long term for the whole area. Something which I focus on 24/7...

I care deeply about Eastbourne, I know many, many of you, its local residents, it's businesses and charities, and we share one fundamental belief - that we ALL continue to work together for the greater good of Eastbourne and our community.

And this is why, I am convinced, we are getting such investment and this belief from others - they know that high street retail is struggling, they know that most Seaside towns across the UK are, sadly, in a dire state - but in Eastbourne we keep bucking the trend.

Check out the Beacon folks; it's looking good, as is our lovely town; we're on the home straight now re building works......