Search on to find new tenants for premises in High Ousegate as Waterstones relocate to Coney Street in York

York Press: Fans gather  outside  Waterstone’s  in High Ousegate ahead of a book signing by chef Gordon Ramsay Fans gather outside Waterstone’s in High Ousegate ahead of a book signing by chef Gordon Ramsay

THE search is on to find new occupiers for York’s Waterstone’s store as the book retailer plans to relocate.

After more than 20 years in High Ousegate, Waterstone’s is preparing to move into the former Republic store in Coney Street at the end of March.

Last month, City of York Council approved a planning application for alterations to the Coney Street premises, which include the addition of a Cafe W on the first floor.

Since Waterstone’s announced the move, Leeds-based agents Pudney Shuttleworth have been working on finding new occupiers for the High Ousegate unit. A variety of retailers have been targeted, with a “positive” response from those looking at both full occupation of the building and partial lets.

However, the agents are remaining tight lipped about which brands have been contacted, saying only that they are talking to retailers “across the board”.

Richard Shuttleworth, director at Pudney Shuttleworth, said: “We are aware of what retail requirements there are for York and we have targeted those companies that fit that.

“A good amount of them have responded positively. Some are looking at the building as a whole, and some just parts of the building.

“It’s very early days. In the mean time we will be working up a new occupier or occupiers. It is just too soon to say how long that will take.”

The new Waterstone’s in Coney Street will see the shop occupied for the first time since Republic went into administration in February last year.

The first floor café was described in the planning application as a “complementary” addition to the book shop rather than a large feature itself, covering only 62sq metres.

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9:29am Sat 18 Jan 14

smudge2 says...

Not search on but rather than which mini supermarket or coffee shop ??
Not search on but rather than which mini supermarket or coffee shop ?? smudge2

9:29am Sat 18 Jan 14

oi oi savaloy says...

a mini sainsbury perhaps?
a mini sainsbury perhaps? oi oi savaloy

10:10am Sat 18 Jan 14

voiceofnormalpeople says...

Put the rent down a little and turn it in to a tool shop for men. Job done.
Put the rent down a little and turn it in to a tool shop for men. Job done. voiceofnormalpeople

10:53am Sat 18 Jan 14

Bad magic says...

Hasn't the "To let" sign been up for about 3 weeks? Breaking news.
Hasn't the "To let" sign been up for about 3 weeks? Breaking news. Bad magic

11:54am Sat 18 Jan 14

piemagico says...

voiceofnormalpeople wrote:
Put the rent down a little and turn it in to a tool shop for men. Job done.
Welcome to York Alan Partridge.
[quote][p][bold]voiceofnormalpeople[/bold] wrote: Put the rent down a little and turn it in to a tool shop for men. Job done.[/p][/quote]Welcome to York Alan Partridge. piemagico

12:38pm Sat 18 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Least Waterstones is still committed to York. Lost so many book shops of late including their other Ousegate branch. I miss Borders- a proper book store.
Least Waterstones is still committed to York. Lost so many book shops of late including their other Ousegate branch. I miss Borders- a proper book store. CaroleBaines

3:46pm Sat 18 Jan 14

SteveGYork says...

The tool shop for men is called Barnitts....
The tool shop for men is called Barnitts.... SteveGYork

6:45pm Sat 18 Jan 14

muckybutt says...

Good luck to the new tenants !

The whole building want's gutting - leaks like a sieve for starters
Good luck to the new tenants ! The whole building want's gutting - leaks like a sieve for starters muckybutt

3:20am Sun 19 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Throw your names and suggestions into the hat as to which betting shop, mini supermarket, brand of coffe bar, or brand of fast food outlet it'll become...


It'd be nice to think that instead of the obvious, it'd become something the city has a shortage of: proper 'man shops'... something like Clas Ohlson perhaps.... (don't know if the unit is big enough though)
Throw your names and suggestions into the hat as to which betting shop, mini supermarket, brand of coffe bar, or brand of fast food outlet it'll become... It'd be nice to think that instead of the obvious, it'd become something the city has a shortage of: proper 'man shops'... something like Clas Ohlson perhaps.... (don't know if the unit is big enough though) Magicman!

4:20pm Sun 19 Jan 14

muckybutt says...

Just noticed that photo is well out of date, I replaced those lights last Summer as HGV's were always ripping them off ! PRESS getting it wrong again !
Just noticed that photo is well out of date, I replaced those lights last Summer as HGV's were always ripping them off ! PRESS getting it wrong again ! muckybutt

9:41am Mon 20 Jan 14

York Fox says...

Hoping for a male clothes shop with a bit of style.

Expecting CashMyGold4Wonga.
Hoping for a male clothes shop with a bit of style. Expecting CashMyGold4Wonga. York Fox

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