Fresh details emerge about huge new city centre store

Where the entrance to the new stores will be on Feasegate. Photographs: Richard McDougall
15 Oct 2019 @ 7.44 am
| Business, Shopping

We already knew the old BHS store was big. Well, it’s about to get even bigger.

Its new owners have applied to create a mezzanine floor to create even more shopping space at the Feasegate store.

The new floor on the ground floor of the unit would create a 3,100 sq foot shopping area (288 sq m).

In its planning application, which is “partly retrospective”, architecture firm William Saunders state:

  • The current ground to first floor level is double height, and therefore we are proposing a mezzanine installation in between these levels to create a separate unit from Feasegate.

    The works will include a new floor construction, columns to support the mezzanine and an internal ramp up from Feasegate entrance to the new mezzanine floor.

Trading from two floors

The Coney Street entrance
Access to the new floor will be via new automatic double entrance doors on Feasegate. The ramp would allow access to the new floor by people in wheelchairs.

YorkMix revealed in January that the store had been bought by Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail empire fore £10.75 million.

It is being converted into three shops – Sports Direct, Evans Cycles and fashion brand USC.

Planning documents state: “The retail store is proposed to trade from both the existing ground and first floors for Sports Direct.”

Another brand owned by the Ashley group, Flannels, has already opened in another part of the former BHS.