A raft of retailers, restaurant chains and pub operators have been unveiled as tenants at Solihull's Parkgate scheme when the £85 million project opens its doors for business.

Peacocks, 99p Stores, Shoe Zone, JD Wetherspoon, Loungers, Pizza Express and Prezzo will join Shirley Library and The Gym, as well as a new Asda supermarket, at the new shopping centre in Shirley.

It means more than 60 per cent of the scheme - excluding the Asda store at its heart - is now let or under offer.

The shopping complex will open in six months and bosses at Shirley Advance – the firm behind the scheme – say the focus now is to fill the remaining units.

Parkgate is being marketed by joint agents, Ramsdens and Cushman & Wakefield.

Jonathan Cox of Shirley Advance said: “We are pleased to be announcing these initial lettings and we are in discussions with a number of other national and regional retailers in respect of the remaining space.

“Parkgate offers a great opportunity to take space in a brand new scheme that is destined to become a vibrant new social and leisure hub.

“As such, we are confident that Parkgate will be well on its way to being fully let by the time it opens in April next year.”

Parkgate will also deliver more than 120 residential units, including a number of new townhouses and apartments overlooking Shirley Park, and an extra-care facility for the elderly.

There are also a number of community facilities being improved, including Shirley Baptist Church, The Royal British Legion and First Shirley Scout Group.