Two offers have been made for this old Wilko store - but does Beverley need another bar?

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Jun 2018

Beverley’s former town centre Wilko store could soon become a restaurant or shop.

Two offers are in for the property, which has been empty for more than two years.

Although the Cross Street building is being marketed for two shops units, it is understood it is wanted as a single unit.

One operator wants the whole property for a restaurant and bar, while another wants it for a retail unit.

Beverley Mayor Councillor Bryan Pearson will be “overjoyed” if it becomes a shop, saying the town is chock-a-block with bars and restaurants.

Mayor Cllr Bryan Pearson outside the Cross Stree building (Image: Peter Harbour)

Leeds-based property agents Brackenridge Hanson Tate (bht) has confirmed two offers are in, each for the whole building.

Director Robin Hanson, whose firm recently took over marketing the property, says: “Wilko had a lease that expired in March and we started marketing it in January.

“We do have interest from a couple of operators we are considering. One is a retailer and one is for a restaurant-bar.

“We are considering the offers at the moment. If we accept one I would think it would be late summer before could be occupied.”

The former Beverley town centre Wilko store has been empty since October 2015, when the chain relocated to Flemingate (Image: Peter Harbour)

If a deal goes through, it would be a new operator to the town centre. The building has been empty since Wilko relocated to the Flemingate Centre in late 2015.

Mayor Cllr Pearson wants to see a new lease of life for the empty building, which he labelled “a blot on Beverley town centre” last year.

His criticism about the state of the vacated property stung Wilko into giving it a makeover, filling the empty windows with stunning vinyl images of local landmarks.

The old Wilko was revamped with images of Beverley after Cllr Pearson dubbed vacant building "a blot on Beverley" (Image: Katie Pugh)

Now, he says: “I am delighted something is beginning to happen with the marketing of this building.

“I have to say Beverley is becoming chock-a-block with restaurants and bars and it’s time we had something different.

“A retailer would be absolutely amazing, I would be overjoyed by that.

“Like a lot of other people in Beverley, for goodness sake, not another bar, restaurant or coffee shop.

“I haven’t got anything against these things but when you get so many and some are falling by the wayside because the competition is too much, I would love to see a retailer.”

Cllr Pearson says another operator would not take the building until after Wilko’s lease was up.

BNP Paribas Real Estate had previously marketed it, advertising a £137,500 per year rental, with rates of £53,676, for the property.

Brackenridge Hanson Tate (bht) recently took over the marketing for the building, which it said could be made into two units with rents of £75,000 and £55,000 respectively. But director Robin Hanson confirmed offers have come in from operators wanting the whole building.

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