Business as usual at store earmarked for re-development

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Proposed re-development of one of Grimsby’s best known stores, the Ramsden Superstore in Cleethorpe Road, will not take place until well into 2016 at the very earliest, according to the company.

Plans to create a new local centre, including around 64,000 sq. ft. of retail space plus mezzanine, a number of leisure units and parking for around 200 cars, were unveiled last September and have been widely welcomed by local residents and shoppers.

However, some alterations have had to be made to the original scheme, resulting in the planning process taking longer than was originally anticipated.

Nick Ramsden, the Ramsden Group managing director, said:

In the meantime, it’s business as usual.

Since we announced our plans to create a new local centre for this part of Grimsby, the feedback from the town and especially our customers has been very positive indeed. It’s too early to actually present the scheme to potential occupiers but it’s fair to say that interest from out-of-town and some local retailers has also been very encouraging.

We have had to make some changes to the original plan, mostly in response to comments from potential occupiers but also to satisfy some local planning requirements, and we hope to be able to issue a further update on the design and construction programme in the next few weeks.

Once work begins on the scheme, there will be scores of jobs for local people and opportunities for local contractors and when finished it will provide first-class shopping and leisure facilities and new permanent employment in an area where unemployment is very high.

Dave Christy, managing director of the group’s retail division, said the superstore remained on track for a busy summer.

We will be announcing some exciting shopper promotions in the very near future, including our popular Christmas Toys Club, which is set to run throughout 2015.

Trading levels remain good but we felt it was important to let our customers and our staff know that it’s business as usual for the rest of this year and possibly well into 2016.

The regeneration project is a partnership between the Ramsden Group and Hull-based property specialists, the Wykeland Group, and is predicted to bring new life to this part of the town.

The plans include the re-development of the existing superstore and some neighbouring properties and open land but not the Ramsden Home Interior store, which will continue as a stand-alone operation.