Thursday, July 30, 2020

News: Rotherham car showroom goes up for sale


An empty car showroom in Rotherham has been put up for sale with many residents already raising concerns over its future use as a supermarket.

Rothbiz reported in June that JCT600 had closed its Volkswagen Rotherham site in Wickersley following a decision made at the end of last year, before the car industry was hit by the Coronavius pandemic.

Many residents already believe that the site has been earmarked by German discount supermarket, Lidl.

The prominent site on Bawtry Road has now gone up for sale with agents Knight Frank and Eaton Commercial.

The asking price for the freehold is £1.55m and a leasehold may also be considered

The site extends to 1.277 acres (0.517 hectares) and currently includes the vacant double fronted showroom plus space previously used for offices, parts and workshops. The buildings on site total 17,700 sq ft with space for over 100 cars.


Regarding rumours of Lidl moving in, a spokesperson for Wickersley Parish Council, said: "Many local people have contacted the Parish about the possibility of a Lidl Supermarket opening on the site of the former JCT600 / VW garage premises at 245 Bawtry Road S66 2JL.

"At this point in time the Parish is unaware of any planning application in relation to this having been made to Rotherham Borough Council.

"We would encourage anyone concerned to keep their own check on the portal for planning applications on the RMBC website."

Lidl publishes its property requirements and in Rotherham it has site requirements for Kimberworth, Maltby, Rawmarsh, Swallownest and Wickersley/Bramley.

Looking to take on the "Big Four" supermarkets and rival chain, Aldi, Lidl had aims to go from 800 to 1,000 stores by 2023. Its most recent opening in Rotherham was at Dalton and plans have been submitted for a site in Swallownest.

The Bawtry Road site, which was kept within the residential area in the borough's local plan, is smaller than the 1.5 acres plus for standalone stores that Lidl requires.

Images: Knight Frank


Anonymous,  July 30, 2020 at 1:25 PM  

I've heard going to be block of apartments for housing association. 🤔

Anonymous,  July 30, 2020 at 3:56 PM  

With the Asian community having more homes in and around Wickerlsey, The local Asian community are seeking funding to acquire the land to have a community hub or Mosque on this site.

Anonymous,  August 1, 2020 at 1:28 PM  

Pull your head out of your backside there are no plans for a mosque there typical Islamophobia from idiots like you get a life scumbag

Anonymous,  August 1, 2020 at 1:43 PM  

I appreciate you are stupid and racist no Asian is buying it to build a mosque and there are only 2 Asian families i know who live in the surrounding area and I have been in rotherham over 40 years there needs to be sufficient parking for a mosque to be built and there isn't enough there if it turns into a community hub then everyone would be welcome you wouldn't need to be a Muslim to use it educate your self 3 million Muslims living in the UK contributing 6.8 billion to the UK economy so hardly any dole scroungers

Mr me August 3, 2020 at 4:37 PM  

Oooh noooo not islamaphobia😂Wonder what party made that word up to stop debate😂😂😂

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