WORK on the long-awaited Riverside development in Stafford town centre has finally begun after a series of hold-ups.
The multi-million pound retail and leisure scheme will include a Marks & Spencer and Debenhams and is also likely to include a multiplex cinema.
Work had been due to get under way in September to flatten the old Bridge Street multi-storey car park.
But the Newsletter revealed in December that developers LXB Retail had said it would begin in January.
They are planning to hold an exhibition soon to give further details.
It is understood a multiplex cinema is still likely to be included in the development on the site of the old Chicago Rock Café.
The Newsletter revealed earlier this year that LXB had been in talks with a number of cinema operators.
Building work is being carried out by the Simons Group, which has been responsible for a number of developments, including a major Marks & Spencer store at Cheshire Oaks.
More than 200 people will be working on site, with a number of jobs being created for Stafford residents.
The old multi-storey car park will be replaced with a seven-storey, 900 space car park, with retail space underneath and the mall will be covered with a glass roof similar to the Eden Project.
It is expected the work on the car park will take 66 weeks and the mall will take 74 weeks.