New owners of ex-Woolworths store plan to make Nelson a shopping destination (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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New owners of ex-Woolworths store plan to make Nelson a shopping destination
NEW owners have been secured for one of Nelson’s most prominent empty buildings — amid promises of a fresh lease of life for the landmark.
Council property agents Liberata have been marketing the former Woolworth’s building, which fronts both Manchester Road and Scotland Road, for several months.
And now it has been confirmed that the Myan Partnership, based in Fountain Street, Nelson, has acquired the sprawling property.
Plans are in the pipeline to create five shops with housing on the first floor.
Naveed and Naheem Younis, from the company, are now on the lookout for retail and food court tenants for the building. Naveed Younis said: “We only bought the property last week and it is currently undergoing a full refurbishment.
“We’re really passionate about making Nelson a shopping destination again.
“The property has been vacant for a long time so there’s a lot to do to make it fit for purpose.”
The L-shaped building, part of which was originally a Burton’s store, has been empty for at least six years and was also previously used by a freezer goods retailer.
Coun Joe Cooney, council leader, said: “We’re wholly committed to making this a success and we'll work closely with the developer. In total the square footage of the two-storey building is approximately 12,061 square feet. The enormity of the unit has put a lot of potential developers off in the past so it’s great news that it’s now sold and we’ll see some new shops in the town.”
Coun Paul White, executive member for economic development, added: “This is excellent news and complements what we’re trying to achieve through the Portas Pilot.”
The last major trading arrival in the town centre was Nelson Bazaar, which took over the old Poundstretcher premises.
In the past couple of years, though, the town centre lost a Tesco store, at Goitside, and the former post office and school clothing emporium at the corner of Leeds Road also closed down.
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