New businesses can finally bid for St Annes’ flagship JR Taylor store, following a protracted four-year legal battle over the site.
And it is hoped the building will be at the forefront of the regeneration of the town centre.
The department store was the subject of a dispute between its owners and previous tenants, preventing any new business opening in the prestigious premises.
But this week saw the resolution of the legalities and the site has immediately been placed on the market with leading property agent Duxburys Commercial.
Richard Berry, current owner of the building said: “I am delighted we have been able to resolve the legal dispute and I am looking forward to a great deal of interest in the site. It is one of the most popular locations on the high street, and it will be great to see the building being used once again by residents and visitors in St Annes.”
Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “I’m very pleased to hear this legal row finally appears to have been resolved.
“A lot of people want to see a new shop in that building, but will not have been aware of the legal situation which prevented its sale, and which prevented anyone helping get a new business in.
“The JR Taylor store is the biggest unit in St Annes and filling it will help attract more businesses to the town.
“I hope this now presents us with the opportunity to kick start the regeneration of St Annes town centre.
“By that I mean getting more empty shop and restaurant units filled with businesses which will attract more people into St Annes.
“We have already held an initial meeting to look at future changes which will help improve St Annes; JR Taylors being taken over by new business will be a huge boost.
“St Annes is a great town; we now have a real opportunity now to work together and ensure it is regenerated.”
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