New occupants could soon be in store for a prime St Annes town centre building – to the delight of traders and council chiefs.
Letting agents acting on behalf of the owners of the former JR Taylor building in St Annes Square report an encouraging level of interest in becoming potential tenants from local, regional and national concerns – almost nine months on from the landmark department store closing its doors after more than 100 years.
We have had encouraging interest from local, regional and national parties and the aim is to get the best possible tenants for the building
The four-storey property is advertised by Blackpool-based Duxburys Commercial as being available for an annual rental price of £137,500 – and the owners are said to be receptive to any suitable proposals for the future occupation of the building at The Square’s junction with Garden Street.
Adam Taylor of Duxburys Commercial said: “The marketing is being carried out with an open mind.
“We have had encouraging interest from local, regional and national parties and the aim is to get the best possible tenants for the building.
“Ideally, it would be good to find a single occupant for the whole building but the owners’ open mind includes the possibility of splitting the property for more than one tenant.
“We are interested in hearing from anyone keen to be involved but of course but uses alternative to retail will be subject to planning permission.”
The JR Taylor store, which included a cafe on the ground floor, closed in January with the loss of some 60 jobs and signs advertising the building for rental via Duxbury’s Commercial first appeared on the whitewashed windows in June.
St Annes Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham said his feeling was that the most likely candidates were likely to be national concerns.
“I am pleased to hear that the owners have an open mind on possibly splitting the building because I can’t help thinking that might be the most likely way forward,” he said.
“There seem to be an increasing number of businesses working together to make the most of such premises and hopefully that could be the case here.”