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Council In Talks With National Retailers For Town Centre Scheme

Friday March 23 2012


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NATIONAL retailers are in talks with Barnsley Council about becoming part of the new town centre under the major redevelopment plans.

Tony Baker, Director of 1249 Regeneration Partnership which is looking after the scheme, said: “Last year we announced the formal signing of Debenhams to this flagship £125 million scheme.

"We are currently in discussions with a number of national retailers and in the coming months we will be announcing new retail names to Barnsley.”

This project will regenerate almost a quarter of the town centre and will help create 1,300 jobs, including several hundred construction jobs.

The Marketplace Barnsley will be anchored by Debenhams department store, an Odeon seven-screen cinema, 35 retail and leisure units as well as ample car parking for shoppers.

Debenhams will be taking 75,000sq ft on a 25-year lease – it will have two stores and a restaurant.

A spokesman for the company said: “The deal brings to an end Barnsley’s record of being the largest town in the UK without a department store.”

If you are interested in reading more about the plans, go here.

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Reply Posted by Yorkstotty on Friday March 23 2012 at 18:50
what will happen with us retailer on just the outskirts of town will we get a reduction in council tax or help as people wont be going into the town centre when its a building site and we work hard on passing trade thoughts people

Reply Posted by tigerslink on Friday March 23 2012 at 18:55
This is a marvellous opportunity to elevate Barnsley to the status it ought to be for a town of its size.  Hopefully this means it's finally moving.

Interesting the Odeon have signed up to run the cinema - apart from that I can't see any new news.
The council really must pull out all the stops to keep the town alive during the building work.  Hopefully Barnsley folk will keep shopping in town during the works, though I suspect many might just go to Meadowhell instead.  Sheffield never recovered from the tram building works - the message needs to be loud and clear that Barnsley will stay open for business. 

Reply Posted by Lillymark on Monday March 26 2012 at 13:53
they have been saying this for years and in 20 years barnsley will still look rubbish.