Shopping arcade plan for woolworths

Wooloworth's windows whitewashed.
Wooloworth's windows whitewashed.

PLANS to transform the former Woolworths store into a mini shopping arcade have been submitted to Erewash Borough Council.

The application is asking for permission to transform the old shop into six retail units and five flats.

Shoppers, traders, Erewash Borough Council and the Advertiser have been calling for action over the shop, which has been empty since the chain went bust in 2004, for years.

The agent, acting on behalf of a charitable trust, revealed their plans to the Advertiser this week.

Mahmood Almnajar, of Prestige Estate Agents, based in Milton Keynes, said: “Our client wants to bring the building back to life and we’ve advised them on the best way to do that.

“The plans include a shopping arcade with six shops on the ground floor and flats on the first and second.

“One of the problems with the building as it is was its size.

“It was a big space to rent out to a retailer and the rates were sky high.

“Splitting the shop into six units will mean more businesses in Ilkeston and more affordable rates for traders.”

For more see this week’s Advertiser out Thursday May 24.

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