More than 300 jobs will be created when supermarket giant Morrisons opens a new superstore in Central Milton Keynes late next year.
The main part of a £40 million development of the city’s run down Leisure Plaza complex, the new supermarket will be equal to the size of the new Sainsbury’s store half a mile down Avebury Boulevard.
The development means the closure of Mega Bowl and the loss of 33 jobs, leaving the city with no ten-pin bowling alley after Mid City Lanes in Xscape closed its doors last year. A new Hollywood Bowl alley is expected to open in the leisure venue in October.
Work on the 100,000 sq ft building, and a second 35,000 sq ft unit, will begin in August and is expected to be complete in time for Christmas 2014.
There is currently no new occupier of the second unit.
The long-awaited Leisure Plaza development includes a major refurbishment of the city’s ice rink, Planet Ice, the home of the MK Lightning ice hockey club – who will move to Coventry for a season while work is carried out – as well as many other ice-using groups.
The major refurbishment of Planet Ice was a condition on which planning approval for the Morrisons store was granted.
After 21 years, Mega Bowl will shut for the final time on June 30. A statement from owners Tenpin said: “We are very disappointed to be losing the Mega Bowl site situated in the Leisure Plaza, which we have managed for the last 21 year due to the redevelopment of the area.
“We continue to operate our other locations from Edinburgh to Plymouth, and would be delighted to welcome our existing customers to our Northampton bowl located at Sixfields.
“We are currently working with our employees to relocate those that feel able to travel to one of our other locations, however we would like to thank all our employees for the hard work and contribution they have made to the success of the Bowl.”