Co-op becomes first confirmed tenant of Kimpton Road 'Lu2on' development

The Co-op has signed on to become the first commercial tenant of a major development in Luton.

Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 8:04 pm
Updated Thursday, 3rd September 2020, 8:34 pm

'Lu2on' is being constructed upon a 6.9-acre site off Kimpton Road, formerly occupied by the Vauxhall factory.

The new estate offers 877 apartments with a mixture of studio, one and two bedroom apartments, starting from £220,000.

Property firm Strawberry Star is developing the site to include shops, a cafe, a gym and several restaurants leading towards a park, as well as a brand name hotel.

Co-op has signed on to the development off Kimpton Road
Co-op has signed on to the development off Kimpton Road

The Co-op is the first confirmed tenant on site, which is expected to be complete by winter 2021.

Santhosh Gowda, chairman of Strawberry Star, said: “We are delighted to be announcing our anchor tenant, Co-op at our Lu2on scheme.

"This is the first of many household brands that will be part of Lu2on going forward. The entry of Co-op into our award-winning developments demonstrates confidence of retailers in our development and the area.

"Lu2on is not only integral to the regeneration of Luton, but also, contributing to the economic growth of the town by creating a vibrant new neighbourhood. We are anticipating many local and high street businesses to be part of Lu2on.”

Lu2on has already won two awards – Best Mixed Use Development in the UK with a 5-star rating at the International Property Awards 2019 and the Best Offplan Development Award at the First Time Buyers Readers Award 2019.

Chris Barter, the Co-op's acquisition manager, added: “We are delighted to confirm that we’ll be the anchor tenant at Lu2on, the area is undergoing a transformation with airport upgrades and better connectivity.

"The team is really looking forward to serving the area and operating at the heart of community life. Co-op is committed to connecting communities and making a difference locally.”