A deal which will see national Italian restaurant chain Prezzo opening a new branch in St Austell has now been formally signed.
The letting of the 3,200 sq ft unit at White River Place was completed on last week, and work to fit out the restaurant is due to begin next mont.
It will be only the second Prezzo restaurant in Cornwall, and is scheduled to open by late April.
Located in Aylmer Square, near to TK Maxx, the new Prezzo restaurant will add to White River Place’s existing food and leisure offer, which includes the White River Place Cinema, Frankie & Benny’s, the Eden Café and Costa Coffee.
Centre owners Ellandi will be investing £500k in fitting out the unit for Prezzo, and say that the chain’s decision to open in White River Place is a vote of confidence in St Austell town centre.
Mike Wimble from Ellandi said: “This is great news and I hope it will be a huge boost for the town centre to see that White River Place is moving forward and attracting major national brands.
“It is more important than ever for businesses and residents in St Austell to support the town centre, and Ellandi is leading the way by driving the development of its food and leisure offer to create a more vibrant evening economy, as well as enticing more shoppers into town in the daytime.”