Conversion planned for former Lancaster BHS

Property developer K/S Habro has proposed the redevelopment of 26,000 sq ft former BHS on Market Street into restaurants and retail units.

This proposal to Lancaster City Council includes the subdivision of the existing retail unit, which was built in 1971 for BHS before its collapse in 2016, to become three restaurants or cafés at ground floor, and a retail unit at first floor.

According to a report, many BHS stores are still vacant. Of the 160 stores that closed across the country, approximately 70 are empty.

K/S Habro received planning permission to create four shopfronts on Market Street on the site in September in order to internally subdivide the store and provide access for future developments. It has since started construction.

According to LK2 Architects, which designed the scheme: “The proposals outlined within this current application for change of use are vital to creating a new and exciting future for the property by providing well-configured space suited to modern occupiers’ requirements, with the flexibility to broaden the offer to restaurant and food uses. Accordingly, the application seeks to further revitalise, re-energise and regenerate the property.”

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Why do we need more cafes/restaurants in Lancaster , we need decent clothes/shoe shops

By Anonymous

More shop units, cant fill the ones lying empty

By Craig Graham

Lancaster,being a large market town has enough cafe and restaurant’s in it’s small town centre vicinity already. . What’s lacking is decent details shops that has been lacking in Lancaster town centre,tho it may have city status,then as a whole the retail side of Lancaster is very poor indeed instead of more charity shops ,cafes,restaurants,let’s have a decent list of appealing retails store fitting for the town centre.

By Mr K Wiseman

You can’t make shops open up if they don’t feel there is sufficient demand/wealth in the area to make it worthwhile.

By BLS Bob

Cut rates and increase incentives for local, small enterprises. Whoops, who’s side are you on, boy.

By Ken

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