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Met Quarter redevelopment in Watford town centre underway
3:10pm Friday 12th October 2012 in News
A "derelict eyesore" in Watford town centre is undergoing a £20million redevelopment, which has attracted six new restaurants.
Zizzi, Wagamama, Carluccios, Chimichanga, Nando’s and Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar are all set to open in the "Met Quarter", an area located at the junction of High Street and King Street.
Costa Coffee is also taking over the former Barclays Bank building on the corner.
Mayor Dorothy Thornhill said: "This area has been transformed from a derelict eyesore to something far more attractive, and we've ensured the original facade has been retained.
"Together with the planned improvements from Clarendon Road up through The Parade to the top of the town, we are investing in the future of the town centre as a whole."
As well as the new restaurants and a coffee shop, there will also be 24 contemporary one and two bed apartments.
The pavements in the area have been improved and widened to offer space for al fresco dining.