A BUILDING society’s relocation has been welcomed.

Cheshire West and Chester Council has welcomed the news that Nationwide Building Society will be staying in Winsford.

It will move to a new branch at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre as the council’s regeneration of the town centre gathers pace.

Councillor Nathan Pardoe, cabinet member for inclusive economy, regeneration and digital transformation, said: “I am delighted that Nationwide are continuing their commitment to Winsford and moving to a new branch within the town.

“This is fantastic news for residents, ensuring they will continue to have access to in-branch banking and services.

“This shows continued business confidence in Winsford town centre, with the council’s exciting plans for the town centre’s regeneration helping to drive the local economy.”

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The new branch, at Unit 1a in the shopping centre, will open on Thursday, September.

Nationwide’s current branch, at 3 Dene Drive, will close on Monday, August 7.

With this move, the building society joins MyDentist, Hollie&Co., Tur&Co., and Specsavers in relocating to new units in Winsford town centre.

Mark Brayton, branch network director north at Nationwide Building Society, said: “As part of Winsford’s regeneration, we are very pleased to be moving to a new branch within the town.

“Remaining in the town is important to us, demonstrating our commitment to our branches and our members in Winsford.

“There will be a short gap in our provision as our branch closes at 3 Dene Drive on Monday 7 August before we open at our new location in Winsford Cross Shopping Centre on Thursday 21 September.

“We appreciate that this might be disruptive for some members, and we will be calling members that we are aware are vulnerable to offer them support and explain their options while the branch is temporarily closed.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s redevelopment scheme includes the demolition of some existing buildings and the construction of new spaces for businesses as well as a 168-space car park and improvements to walking and cycling facilities in Winsford.