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Big names in line for iconic Ramsdens retail site as demolition work set to begin

Work to demolish the iconic Ramsdens store in Grimsby will begin "imminently", marking the beginning of its transformation into a multi-million pound retail and leisure park.

Big names in line for iconic Ramsdens retail site as demolition work set to begin

A deal to knock down the old superstore in, Cleethorpe Road, and replace it with a 13 outlet retail park creating around 200 jobs was finalised last week.

The new site has attracted "significant interest" from national retailers, say developers.

And they are wasting no time in beginning with work to flatten the former Ramsdens Discount Department Store, which closed its doors for the final time in April last year.

The wheels are now in motion with contractors already on site, after North East Lincolnshire Council planners approved a reserved matter application for creation of a 64,000 square foot retail outlet, expected to boast national retailers.

This significant step comes following a two-year planning process, and Hull-based regeneration group Wykeland is fronting the redevelopment of the site.

Wykeland is one of Yorkshire and the Humber's leading commercial developers. Its developers took the lead on the £120m Flemingate development in Beverley; and the Bridgehead business park close to the Humber Bridge.

The work is expected to take several months to complete and when built, the retail park will include 13 retail outlets, parking for 214 cars and facilities for disabled people and cyclists. It is estimated the development will generate around 200 new jobs and millions of pounds of additional income for the town’s retail economy.

Contractors are on site already and have been carrying out pre-demolition inspections.

A further announcement is expected within a matter of days for when bulldozers will begin with work to flatten the building.

The Ramsden Group, who are one of Grimsby’s biggest employers, unveiled its plans three years ago and has since been in discussion national retailers to occupy the retail units.

Ramsdens managing director, Nick Ramsden, said: "Our proposals continue to attract significant interest from national retailers.

"Demolition of this iconic building represents the start of a new era for shopping in this part of Grimsby and we are all very excited by the plans and by the excellent response from potential occupiers."

Prior to its closure, the former superstore had been the shopping destination of choice for several generations of local families and played a key part in the history of the Ramsden Group.

Nick added: "Once the new scheme is completed, it will bring new life to this part of Grimsby and improve the shopping and leisure offer of North East Lincolnshire as a whole.

"At the moment, the town is littered with empty retail units, showing just how difficult it is to be successful in such a competitive sector, but we are confident that we can provide the right mix of units and opportunities for the new retail park."

Wykeland managing director, Dominic Gibbons, said: "We’re pleased that planning consent has been secured for this exciting scheme, which will regenerate a key site in Grimsby and deliver a significant boost for the town.

"Working with the Ramsden Group, we’re keen to move forward to deliver the many benefits if this project so we’re wasting no time in beginning the demolition of the former store."

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