The Eastbourne Arndale Centre will celebrate the opening of its £85m extension next year with a new name and a new look.
As the doors to the extension open for the first time in the run-up to Christmas 2018, the whole shopping centre will be re-branded as The Beacon.
The name was agreed following discussions, consultations and focus group meetings. It reflects the growing stature of the town in acting as a beacon for new investments and new developments.
The 22 new retail units, seven restaurants and 8-screen cinema in the extension, coupled with the fantastic range of shops in the existing centre, will act as a beacon to shoppers around the region looking for an exciting new experience.
The word “beacon” also reminds us of our coastal history and the landmark Beachy Head Lighthouse.
Andrew Rice, Fund Manager for centre owners Legal & General, said he was delighted with the new name.
“It’s never easy to find a new name for a shopping centre with a 37-year history in the town,” he said. “But after discussions and explorations, including meetings with key opinion formers in Eastbourne, we agreed unanimously that The Beacon was a great new name.”
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