Thursday, January 5, 2023

News: New retailer revealed for former Rotherham M&S


The former Marks & Spencer unit at Parkgate looks set to go the same way as its former Rotherham town centre counterpart - taken on by a discount retailer.

Rothbiz reported in 2019 that the national retailer was closing its large Parkgate store when it confirmed plans to close over 100 stores in total by 2022 in order to "radically reshape M&S's Clothing & Home space" alongside relocations, conversions, downsizes and the introduction of concessions.

Marketed by agents, Savills, and empty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32,185 sq ft unit is now under offer.

A new planning application shows that national retalier, Poundland, is eyeing up the space for expansion. The new Rotherham store would become one of the brand's largest stores.

Already on the popular Parkgate Shopping Park since 2014, Poundland continues to undergo an expansion push. The end of 2022 saw a "super Saturday" with the brand opening a number of relocated, expanded and new stores.

A recent move has seen Poundland open new "supersize" stores, often out of town, which offer a selection of everyday essentials such as groceries, drinks and snacks that shoppers love, as well as revamped health and beauty, entertainment, stationery and craft ranges, so customers can do more of their shopping in one trip.

There are also wider ranges of chilled and frozen food and PEP&CO clothing and homewares, with the larger stores providing the choice and shopping experience customers would expect from the big grocers.

The planning application is for new signage at the prominent unit which is alongside Primark. The move across the park would see Poundland more than triple its space from its current 9,900 sq ft unit.

M&S made the decision to relocate its store on College Street in Rotherham town centre to Parkgate Shopping in the early 2000's. The historic building is now home to discount retailer, OneBelow. Since M&S left town, the unit was Hitchens before becoming Discount UK, a brand operated by Poundworld.

Poundland website

Images: Google Maps


Anonymous,  January 6, 2023 at 9:57 AM  

It just leaves another empty unit on the other side now.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2023 at 10:44 AM  

Sums up Rotherham really, we loose M&S and gain a Poundland, its a rush to the gutter. Thankfully we have the internet for online shopping!

Ziggy,  January 6, 2023 at 12:28 PM  

It would be nice to get an M&S Food Hall in one of the small units to counteract the discount retailers.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2023 at 2:06 PM  

It's good to see some retailers expanding and investing in Rotherham given the current economic climate.

Anonymous,  January 7, 2023 at 1:54 PM  

It's just a shame as a town our aspirations are a new Poundland, pretty depressing really

Anonymous,  January 7, 2023 at 4:08 PM  

RMBC have seen the future for our town, and it's a speculative warehouse where ever they can squeeze one in

Anonymous,  January 7, 2023 at 7:04 PM  

People commenting positively around investment does not mean that is all that is aspired to. Its a pity there are not more positive people on this site rather that all the doom and gloom merchants.

Anonymous,  January 17, 2023 at 8:54 AM  

Yes why couldn’t m&s have left parkgate store as a cafe and food hall we don’t all want to go to Meadowhall!!

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