Stoke & Staffordshire

Potteries Shopping Centre expansion plan approved

Potteries Shopping Centre
Image caption The shopping centre opened in 1988 and was built on the former home of local football team Port Vale

A £14m expansion of the Potteries Shopping Centre in Stoke-on-Trent has been approved.

Its owner, Capital Shopping Centres, plans to extend the existing complex in the city centre by adding new restaurants and a cinema.

Paul Francis, the centre's general manager, said it could create 185 jobs when completed.

The proposals went before Stoke-on-Trent City Council's planning committee on Tuesday.

Mr Francis said it is hoped the restaurants and cinema would be "up and running by early 2014".

"We really see this as a great addition to the centre, we believe there's a demand for it," he added.

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