DEVELOPERS expect work on a new cinema to begin early next year.
British Land, owners and site managers of Broughton Shopping Park, have confirmed they expect work on an 11-screen multiplex cinema to start in January.
The cinema will form part of an extension to the shopping park, which will include five restaurants located on a lesser utilised area of car park on the southern retail terrace.
About 230 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the new leisure facilities, with more made available during the construction phase.
At present Cineworld, Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express and Chiquito have all registered their commitment to the park extension.
As part of the development, improvements to public transport are expected to be made with new parking provided to replace spaces and a further public space will be created in front of the cinema and restaurant entraces.
Broughton and Brettton Community Council chairman Phil Griffiths has welcomed the upcoming development.
He said: “We think it’s really good. We’re growing as a community with the building of new homes and amenities and something like this is good for the community.
“We haven’t got a cinema in Flintshire and I think it really is a good thing.
“We’re not quite a town but we’re the size of one but there’s nothing really for young people in the village which ends up seeing them go out to Chester. I’m very much for this development.”
The construction of the new cinema in Broughton spells the end for the Cineworld cinema on Greyhound Retail Park in Chester which will close on October 10.
It was initially believed the cinema in Chester would not close until the completion of the new venue in Broughton.