MAJOR high-street stores and popular restaurant chains are among the names lined up for the Alban Retail Park as part of a multimillion pound revamp.

Nando's and a Starbucks drive-thru could be the latest additions to the shopping complex in the north of the town while Iceland, Subway and Peacocks have also been revealed as potential new businesses at the site off Winwick Road.

Since the regeneration project was given the green light in 2012, a major overhaul of the site has taken place with stores including discount store Home Bargains but some of the units remain vacant years on.

Blueprints have been submitted to Warrington Borough Council on behalf of Derwent Construction Ltd to replace the existing KFC building.

If the plans are approved, the current KFC building will be demolished and this would pave the way for Starbucks to be built in a similar location.

The popular piri-piri chicken restaurant could open in a separate building close to the proposed Starbucks and would include a mezzanine floor while KFC would relocate to unit 11 within the retail park.

Developers noted that the opening of Nando's at the shopping complex would not affect the Portuguese restaurant's existing offerings in the town. 

But while some applications remain under consideration, plans to remodel and extend 14 of the existing retail units have been halted.

If the plans had been given the go ahead, this would have included the construction of five new retail units and a food store on land to the north which was formerly used by Fiat.

It is understood that supermarket Morrisons was the front runner to set up shop at the food store unit in the retail park.

In planning documents published online on behalf of the developer it was noted that this regeneration project would help with the 'lack of momentum in regard to the area to the north'.

The report added: "These proposals will help to deliver significant inward investment and employment quickly, and provides a new gateway development and the improvement of the local shopping offer.

"This will deliver greater consumer choice for Warrington residents, and this will therefore lead to maximising the employment opportunities for the local workforce."

But these blueprints have since been withdrawn.