Popular York shop to close for three months

Savers, on Goodramgate, York. Photograph: YorkMix
14 Jun 2017 @ 8.49 pm
| Business, Shopping

A shop popular with bargain hunters is to close for a refurbishment.

Savers, the health and beauty retailer on Goodramgate, will shut its doors on Saturday (June 17). And it may not reopen until September or October, according to shop staff.

The closure is to allow the landlord to undertake major renovations at the building.

Major redevelopment

One of Savers’ neighbours, Hunter House. Photograph: Planning application documents

The Goodramgate store is part of a makeover of three neighbouring buildings by owners S Harrison, the York developers.

As well as Savers, this takes in the former Bacchus Wine Store, and the former Scope charity shop.

It will see significant internal alterations on the ground floor of the buildings, including the removal of staircases. The idea is that a better and more open-plan layout will make the 18th century former townhouses more appealing to businesses.

Savers’ current lease runs out this month, but it is planning to return to the newly-refurbished unit once the work is completed.

The short-lived Bacchus wine store

Meanwhile the two vacant shops have been granted planning permission to be occupied by restaurants once the makeover is complete.

This follows a four-year period when both were marketed as vacant retail units, but no inquiries from potential shop tenants came forward.

All three were once part of the Hunter and Smallpage furniture store, which traded on the street for many years, before it closed in the 1980s.

This renovation follows the upgrade of the upper floors of the buildings, turned into 14 flats by S Harrison and completed in 2015.