Woolworth’s still empty but deal is ‘progressing’

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THE future of the former Woolworth’s store in Douglas remains uncertain.

Woolworth’s closed in December 2008 and has been an unwelcome and increasingly eyesore vacancy in the heart of the island’s main shopping street ever since.

Before TT this year, Douglas Corporation erected white hoardings around the store following a spate of vandalism which saw windows being smashed.

Top Shop and Top Man were due to move into the Strand Street premises in April last year, but the date keeps being put back.

Earlier this year, a spokesman for the Arcadia Group, which owns the two brands, announced the existing Top Shop/Top Man store in Duke Street would be closing its doors and relocating to the bigger premises this month (September).

But a spokesman for Danish property management firm Habro, which owned the building, told the Manx Independent that the lease to two major retailers has yet to be finalised.

He said: ‘The property is still vacant. Agreements for lease to two major retailers are being progressed.’

In January, Habro was granted planning consent (10/01557) to fit a new lift shaft and remove the existing sloping roof to provide room for a new internal staircase.

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