Bid to re-let Cromer Woolworths

Owners of the former Woolworths store at Cromer say they are confident they can re-let the property - as one or two shops - once they can get it back from the administrators.

Owners of the former Woolworths store at Cromer say they are confident they can re-let the property - as one or two shops - once they can get it back from the administrators.

Stalham-based Cathedral Park Properties has put in plans to rebuild the rear of the store, which shut at the end of December as the high street shopping icon collapsed nationwide.

A scheme to partially demolish and alter the back of the Church Street building also improves access and manoeuvrability in the service yard and helps with potential sub-division into two shops.

It reduces retail area by about 280 sq ft, but there is still a total of 4,000 sq ft of shop floor.


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Spokesman for the landlords Phillip Davies said: 'We remain confident there is good demand from retailers, both local and national, for accommodation within Cromer despite the fact that we are in a major recession.

'If we secure possession of the accommodation from the administrators then we feel confident that we will be able to re-let it, either as a single unit, or sub-divided to provide two substantial shops.'

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Cathedral Park is in talks with the national Woolworths administrators initially over ensuring the building was insured, secured and monitored, he added.

But efforts to get the building back were still ongoing, with Mr Davies saying Cathedral had 'not so far been able to conclude any satisfactory arrangement' over the surrendering of the leasehold.

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