The feature in the Yorkshire Business Insider, showing an artist impression of a possible new food market development in the upper part of Bradford’s central retail area, makes interesting reading.
The original concept was to convert the former Marks & Spencer Department Store for this use, but I was one of those who were of the view that those Premises did not lend themselves well to a market stall conversion for various reasons, one being lack of headroom and another being lack of natural light.
This more ambitious plan for a new-build development will no doubt involve wholesale demolition of the existing traditional terraced retail block along Darley Street but is likely to be much better received by shoppers. So, in that regard, the Council are to be applauded for coming up with a purpose-built scheme which will transform the locality. Darley Street has suffered a lot in recent years as the focus of the retail core has shifted down to the Broadway Shopping Centre.
In saying that, it is heartening to hear of new lettings taking place at the Kirkgate Shopping Centre in Bradford, the latest announcements being T J Hughes (who previously operated from the old Sunwin House Department Store) and Boyes relocating from North Parade.
Property investors affected by the prospective Council compulsory acquisition around Darley Street should contact Andrew Idle Associates for advice as we have a great deal of local knowledge and valuation expertise.