This empty shop could soon be transformed into a leisure attraction or restaurant after it was bought by York developers.
City property companies Grantside and North Star formed another joint venture to buy the former New Look shop on Parliament Street.
It was previously owned by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.
Architects Vincent & Brown and DPP Planning have now been instructed to review ways to bring the vacant building back into use, so it can contribute to the vitality of the City Centre.
Options being explored include reconfiguring the 15,530 sq ft building into retail, leisure or hospitality uses on the ground and basement floors. The upper floors could possibly be turned into homes suitable for holiday and short-term letting with a separate entrance.
MD of Grantside Steve Davis commented: “As York companies, we are very excited to bring this vacant building back into use and bring new life into the city centre.
“It has been under-utilised for many years and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to deliver its full potential.”
Several big ventures
This acquisition follows recent joint ventures by the two companies to buy the former Mecca bingo hall on Fishergate and the listed building on Clifford Street which houses the York Dungeon and Kuda nightclub.
Grantside was established in 1993 and has delivered over £750 million worth of real estate across the UK.
It was relaunched earlier this year with a focus on an approach of ‘honesty, integrity and wellbeing’.
North Star has various major development sites in York including the former gasworks site on Heworth Green where work has start to transform this large brownfield site into a vibrant new community of over 600 homes.