Coronation Street has shed some more light on the shock strategy for Weatherfield by Ray Crosby.
For Mark Frost’s scheming character, the soap is setting up a big storyline, which is expected to tie into the 60th-anniversary celebrations of the show.
It was previously revealed that Ray had paid someone in the Platt family garden to cause a sinkhole. He then tried to convince David to sell the property to his friend’s developer.
Now, as he sets his sights on regenerating the entire Weatherfield sector, the true extent of his plans seems to have become clear-even if it means throwing people out of their homes.
During tonight’s episode (October 16), after initially turning down a bid, Gary went to talk to Ray about buying the factory. After being violently assaulted by gangster Mick Chaney and discovering that no one had come to his rescue, he changed his mind and turned his back on the street.
If he gave him a whopping £ 450,000, Gary told Ray they’d have a contract, which Ray accepted.
Ray said he was “building a skyscraper” before calling it “more of a regeneration zone, really, explaining to Gary the real reason he wants to buy his factory.”
“Corporations, restaurants, gyms, a variety. All are very high end, naturally. This location will be placed on the map.
Gary said if he bulldozed the whole street, he would not be bothered, but said he needed the construction work contract as he chose to look after his neighbours for himself.
Back in September, Mark hinted at what his character is up to, and now the bigger image is finally beginning to surface.
He’s looking to expand his empire, “he said.” I think Ray sees himself as a builder of an empire, so he’s looking to buy the property and exponentially develop his company.
I think it’s safe to say that there’s a possibility that he has overstretched himself, so we’re going to say that he has to look at things by any means necessary.
“He added:” I think what’s going to come as a surprise is just the lengths he’s willing to go to, to put his plans in motion, and the odds he’s going to have with the rest of the Weatherfield group.