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Gear4music.com stays in York with move to Clifton Moor
MORE than 100 jobs have been kept in York through a deal which is music to the ears of one of the city’s fastest-growing businesses.
Music retailer Gear4music.com, formed ten years ago, was faced with looking for a new home away from York after outgrowing its current premises at York Business Park, but will now move into the former Magsons distribution unit at Clifton Moor.
The deal, brokered by York chartered surveyors and commercial property specialists Reeves and Co, will see Gear4music.com move its Shipton-by-Beningbrough warehouse to its new 135,000sq ft base before Christmas, with the full switch set to be completed in the first half of next year.
The firm employs about 110 people and last year expanded across Europe after being backed by a private equity house.
“Our current site is just no longer big enough for our requirements, because the business has grown so quickly, and we had to do something,” said Gear4music.com’s managing director Andrew Wass.
“The Clifton Moor site is one of the few buildings in York which was big enough for us. Until it became available, we were looking at having to move to Leeds because we couldn’t find a site in York. We will be investing significant sums improving the building and tailoring it to our needs, which should satisfy our property requirements for some time to come and enable us to remain in our home city.”
John Reeves, of Reeves and Co, said the former Magsons unit had been empty for almost five years before the Gear4music.com deal was negotiated. He said: “The building is one of only a few which could accommodate them, and it is terrific news that one of York’s big growth success stories will now be able to stay in the city.
“It’s a move to celebrate and a huge boost to Clifton Moor, as one of the biggest buildings in the area will now be occupied again rather than looking sad and tired.”
Gear4music.com was founded in 2003 by Red Submarine Limited with a handful of staff and is now of the UK’s largest retailers of musical instruments and equipment, with more than 200,000 registered customers.
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