Coronation Street spoilers follow.
Coronation Street has shed some more light on Ray Crosby’s shock plan for Weatherfield.
The soap is building up a major storyline for Mark Frost’s scheming character, which is set to tie into the show’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
It was previously revealed that Ray had paid someone to cause a sinkhole in the Platt’s family garden. He then tried to persuade David to sell the property to a developer friend of his.
Now, it seems the true extent of his plans have become clear as he sets his sights on regenerating the entire Weatherfield area – even if it means kicking people out of their houses.
During tonight’s episode (October 16), Gary went to speak to Ray about buying the factory after initially turning an offer down. He changed his mind and turned his back on the street after being violently attacked by gangster Mick Chaney and realising that no one came to his rescue.
Gary told Ray if he offered him a whopping £450,000 then they’d have a deal, which Ray accepted.
Explaining to Gary the real reason he wants to buy his factory, Ray said that he was “building a skyscraper” before calling it “more of a regeneration zone, actually.
“Businesses, bars, gyms, the lot. All very high end, naturally. It’ll put this place on the map.”
Gary said he wouldn’t be bothered if he bulldozed the whole street but said he wanted the building work contract as he decided to look out for himself over his neighbours.
Speaking to Digital Spy back in September, Mark hinted at what his character is up to, and now the bigger picture is finally starting to emerge.
“He’s looking to expand his empire,” he said. “I think Ray does see himself as an empire builder, so he is looking to purchase property and get his business to grow exponentially.
“I think it’s safe to say there’s a possibility of him having overstretched himself, so he’s having to look at things by any means necessary, shall we say.
He added: “I think what’s going to come as a surprise is just what lengths he’s willing to go to, in order to put his plans in place, and the odds that’s going to put him at with the rest of the Weatherfield community.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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