BARNSLEY has received a retail boost with news of seven new businesses moving into the Arcade.

It means the shopping area will be almost 100 per cent occupied once they're all trading.

It was only a few months ago that several units had or were about to close down and fears were expressed that the Arcade was becoming a forgotten part of the town centre.

A fashion outlet, a takeaway, a gift store, a t-shirt printing shop, pop-up shops, and a new cafe/bar are to open.

But Andrew Corbett, managing director of Smith's Chartered Surveyors, confirmed the new businesses moving in and said: "This is the best news we have had for the Arcade for quite some time."

"The Arcade had been adversely affected by the failure of some of the businesses and by others moving out because of leases expiring and unfortunately that all came at the same time," he added.