Friday, August 5, 2011

News: Retailers find perfect home in Rotherham


Weekly payment store, PerfectHome looks set to take space in Rotherham town centre.

Work is underway to convert the former Birthday's unit on Effingham Street into an outlet stocking a range of top quality branded household products.

Part of Temple Finance, the company opened their first store in Liverpool in 2006 and already operate in Sheffield and Doncaster, selling furniture, household appliances and home entertainment at 29.6%APR.

Leading bookmaker, Ladbrokes is also planning another outlet in the town centre and looks set to take space in Rotherham Interchange.

The changing face of Rotherham's high street is similar to the national picture. Figures from Ordnance Survey showed that one of the only types of outlet on the high street to increase in number since 2008 was betting offices, which increased by 280 locations, reflecting a jump of more than 5%. Ladbrokes still expects to open 50 new licences over the next year.

One national name to leave Rotherham town centre recently was the Arcadia Group's Burton and Dorothy Perkin's store which closed this week. The College Street store is opposite the former Marks and Spencer that looks set to be reopened by Poundworld's new brand, Discount UK.

As well as looking to attract national names, the council's Retail Investment Team is working to boost the town's retail offer by supporting new independent retailers. 14 businesses have been awarded a grant to help with rent and shop improvements.

The latest to benefit is Green Exteriors in the market complex, opened by Derren Ward, a qualified garden designer / landscaper and horticulturalist.

Darren said: "The feedback has been great - a lot of people have said we are providing exactly what was needed in the town centre, and the markets in particular. After many years working as a landscaper, I decided to set up my own company last year and wanted to build a presence in the town centre. It has been really useful to have this base from which I can show customers what I can offer them."

Also in the town cetnre, the trade press reports that Blackpool-based Amber Taverns has bought the New County pub on Bridgegate from Enterprise Inns and that it is set for "a £230,000 revamp."

Rotherham town centre website


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