WORK is under way to convert a disused store at a Huddersfield retail park – to prepare the ground for the arrival of two new traders.
The former Courts store at Great Northern Retail Park is being converted into two smaller shop units for new tenants Boots and Empire Stores.
The £1m conversion scheme is being carried out by shop fitting company ISG for retail park owner Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP).
The 20,000sq ft store will undergo a major facelift to remove the existing frontage and strip back the building to its shell. A metal stud partition wall will be installed to divide the store into two equally-sized units. Alterations will also be carried out on the existing first floor areas.
Outside, ISG will form two new entrances, fit canopies to the front of the store and carry out general repairs to the roof and facade of the building. The project is scheduled for completion by late summer.
Craig Tatton, managing director of ISG’s regional business, commented: “SWIP is constantly evaluating its retail provision, taking an active role in managing its estate to enhance and improve the overall tenant mix.
“Negotiating a further phase of work at the Great Northern Retail Park highlights the excellent working relationship that ISG has forged with this blue chip client and underlines our ability to quickly and efficiently deliver fast-track retail projects to an exceptionally high standard.”
ISG, formed in 1989, has annual sales of more than £1bn with offices in 23 locations worldwide. The company works with owners, developers and occupiers in the public and private sector for an extensive range of industries.
No-one was available at Boots or Bradford-based Empire Stores to comment on their plans for the new store units.