Work starts on transformation of former Toys 'R' Us into new shops which could create 100 jobs

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Mar 2019

Work is progressing on the redevelopment of the former Toys 'R' Us unit on the Gallagher Retail Park in Scunthorpe.

The building, which closed last March after the toy retailer's UK operation went into administration, will be transformed into three separate shop units which could bring more than 100 jobs.

The largest of the sub-divided units is expected to be filled by a food store, although it is not yet known which companies will be moving in.

Planning permission was given in January for the conversion of the Toys 'R' Us building, with the project also to include a rear extension to the service yard, the installation of a mezzanine floor and changes to the car park.

The application, submitted by property agent Savills on behalf of investor RPMI Railpen, said a total of 106 full-time jobs would be created by the proposal.

It stated: "All three units will be used for retail purposes within Class A1.

The former Toys 'R' Us on Scunthorpe's Gallagher Retail Park is being redeveloped into three retail units (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)

"Unit A1 will measure approximately 1,686 square metres and be used as a food store and also sell a proportion of comparison goods.

"Units A2 and A3 will be equally sized, and will both measure approximately 697 square metres."

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Building activity can be seen within the site, which is located next to TK Maxx at the retail park, off Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe.

Toys 'R' Us closed its doors in March last year after 15 years of trading at the site. It was one of 25 branches across the country which were to be affected by closures announced by the American-owned retailer in the previous December.

The Scunthorpe branch started trading in July 2002 after more than £2 million was invested on building the large unit.

The Toys 'R' Us store on Scunthorpe's Gallagher Retail Park closed in March 2018 (Image: Scunthorpe Live)

The application said: "The existing car park will undergo minor reconfiguration, and the effect of this will allow for the creation of seven new parent and child spaces and five new disabled parking spaces.

"These spaces will be located on the western side of the food store and will allow for easy access for customers.

"There will be a net reduction of 11 car parking spaces."

The application for the internal and external changes to the building were submitted last year and approved by North Lincolnshire Council's planning committee in January.

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