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Cult fashion store to open in Davygate, York
A FASHION chain is to move into the former Borders bookstore in York’s Davygate.
The 12,000 sq ft shop, which has stood empty since Borders closed in late 2009, is to become a Cult outlet by September. A spokesman said it would create about 25 jobs.
News that the city centre’s last remaining large empty retail premises is finally being occupied has been hailed as a boost for York and a vote of confidence in the city by business and civic leaders.
Nick Brown, managing director of nearby Browns department store, said: “It’s very exciting. They are a major player and will attract people to the city centre.”
Adam Sinclair, boss of Mulberry Hall and chairman of York Business Forum, said: “I think it’s a strong vote for York city centre.”
He said it was a testament to the city’s distinction that it was riding out the recession so well in comparison with many other British cities.
Coun Steve Galloway, executive member for city strategy at City of York Council, said he was delighted. He said the Borders building had won several architectural awards and it was unfortunate that because, he understood, of outstanding lease arrangements, it had been unoccupied for so long.
He said: “Anyone who has been in the city centre over the last week or so will have seen how vibrant and popular it still is and any further improvement in the range of shops available will help to consolidate that success.
“The provision of new jobs is particularly welcome.”
Susie Cawood, chief executive of York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s fantastic news.”
She said such an investment in York showed faith in the future of the city. A planning application has been submitted by Cult parent company SuperGroup to City of York Council for changes to the existing building.
Cult sells items including men’s and women’s clothing, jackets, T-shirt, hoodies, jeans, trainers, boots, bags, belts, jewellery and accessories.
A spokesman said more details would be available later.