25 new shops, 500 jobs – Major expansion plan for York shopping centre

An artist's impression of the expanded Designer Outlet. Image: planning documents

A huge expansion of York Designer Outlet could bring 25 new shops and restaurants to the centre.

Owners McArthurGlen say the development will create around 500 retail and construction jobs “and £3.6 million in additional employment income”.

The plans also include 630 additional parking spaces and an improved Park & Ride facility. This would reduce road congestion even while adding to the 4.5 million visitors, McArthurGlen says.


It is now holding two public consultation days on the plans. They will take place on these dates:

  • Friday 27 June @ 3-7pm
  • Saturday 28 June @ 10am-2pm.

‘Better shopping experience’

Getting bigger… York Designer Outlet. Photograph: YorkMix
McArthurGlen wants to improve the centre’s Park & Ride service by creating a new terminus relocated to a new area of the site with an improved circulation plan.

The extra 630 parking spaces “will help to reduce local congestion, alleviating traffic pressures on the A19 Fulford Road corridor,” developers say.

The public consultations are an opportunity for local residents and shoppers to find out more about the plans and provide their feedback ahead of a planning application being submitted later in the summer.



More visuals of the plans

Centre manager at York Designer Outlet Mike Thomas said:

  • We are excited to talk to shoppers and local residents about our proposals which will create an even better shopping experience and also help to resolve the pressures on parking that we sometimes experience.

    By improving and relocating the Park & Ride facility, which has been a huge success story, we’ll also be able to commit to its long-term future on our site – ensuring its environmental and congestion benefits are in place for decades to come.

    We’re proud to have been a successful part of York’s retail offer for over 20 years and are looking forward to delivering a significant investment here that signals our confidence in the city and will create hundreds of new jobs.

Public consultation events:

Date: Friday 28th June 2019
Time: 3pm-7pm
Location: Inside the North Entrance atrium, York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, York, YO19 4TA

Date: Saturday 29th June 2019
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: Inside the North Entrance atrium, York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Avenue, York, YO19 4TA

2 thoughts on “25 new shops, 500 jobs – Major expansion plan for York shopping centre

  1. I’m sorry the above person has this opinion, and sad to say I agree with some of the comments but until someone in authority recognises that not everyone can hop on a bus to get into town, and that disabled parking needs to be closer to the centre and shops, a high proportion of both residents and visitors will, of choice, go to places like the Designer Outlet, Monks Cross/Vangarde and Clifton Moor, where facilities allow them both the freedom and time to wander round shops or stop for a coffee, snack or meal.

  2. This is a bad idea. We do not need further expansion of out-of-town shopping centres syphoning off yet more business from our struggling city centre. We do not need to encourage development in places where it will just encourage yet further private transport travel, clogging up roads and releasing air pollution. We also need to be moving away from encouraging fast fashion. There is a climate emergency and it’s time to act as though this is true.

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