Battersea Power Station unveils the first "local, artisanal" tenants at its Circus West retail development

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The retail tenants were chosen to provide a "village" feel (Source: Battersea Power Station)

Battersea Power Station has unveiled the first of the tenants for its Circus West retail development - and there's a decidedly olde worlde feel about them.

The team behind the giant development, which will eventually include thousands of homes, shops and offices - as well as leisure space and parkland - said each of the new commercial tenants had been "specially selected" for their "quality and the individuality of the experience they can offer". Spoiler: there's no Tesco...

While the list includes Pedler Cru, a "neighbourhood eatery", butcher Allens of Battersea and The General Store (which, ahem, is a general store), it also encompasses a village hall, a "dedicated space for events, arts, residents and visitors". And, presumably, the odd jumble sale.

(Source: Battersea Power Station)

The hall will "offer an active social space for existing and future local residents and the London arts community," said Battersea today.

The retailers chosen have a "proven track record in the area, connecting to the community they serve and creating that all-important village feel which is what people really want", added Joanne Skilton, head of leasing at Battersea.

Yesterday Battersea chief executive Rob Tincknell insisted the residential element of the £8bn development is running at full speed, after City A.M. reported investors were fleeing from the site.

Although he did concede changes to stamp duty have had a "relatively big impact on the market", he added it had made sales of £110m in the last four months.

(Source: Battersea Power Station)

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