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Council hopes to help with future of former BHS stores

Published: Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Northampton Borough Council has contacted the owner of the former BHS stores in the town, hoping to help get them reoccupied as soon as possible.

The authority’s regeneration director, Steven Boyes, wrote to Threadneedle Investment Services last week, hoping to arrange a meeting.

One of the stores is situated in Abington Street, at the heart of the town centre, and the other is on St James Retail Park.

They closed following the collapse of BHS in April, and the council is keen to see them re-let quickly as part of its regeneration strategy.

Cllr Tim Hadland, council cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: “We were saddened at the new of one of British high streets’ most recognizable names was going into administration.

“The closure of these two stores leaves somewhat of a vacuum which we are keen to see filled.

“They are both rather large units, and given their positions we hope they will present rather attractive propositions for other retailers.

“We decided to take proactive steps as we’re open to discussion about how the council might be able to help expedite the process.”

At the beginning of September, the council’s Cabinet will consider two options for the nearby Greyfriars site.

One of these mixed-use schemes will go on to support the town centre regeneration plans, along with the University of Northampton’s development at Nunn Mills and Northamptonshire County Council’s new headquarters in Angel Street.