Friday, February 23, 2024

News: The brands set to open at Parkgate in March


Next month is set to be a busy time at Parkgate Shopping in Rotherham, with new outlets, big store moves and the return of a familiar name.

Wilko recently announced that it was to launch a concept store in Rotherham, and new owners have now confirmed that the opening date will be Good Friday, March 29.

Rothbiz reported last month that recruitment was underway for a wilko after The Range agreed a deal to buy the British high-street retail chain's brand, website and intellectual property after wilko fell into administration. The store has already recruited a third of its team from among former wilko employees, who received prioritised interviews.

It was later confirmed that Wilko would open in Rotherham at Parkgate Shopping Park - on the site of the former wilko business.

Alex Simpkin, CEO of CDS Superstores, trading as wilko and The Range, said: “It’s clear that there’s a huge love for wilko and we’re proud that store doors will reopen in Rotherham very soon.

“We’re also glad to be bringing employment opportunities to the area, and for helping local families and communities to have easy access to all the everyday home and garden items they need once again.”

Across the park, which was recently sold to Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate, work is well underway to bring a large vacant store back into use.

The Frasers Group has taken over what has previously been Homebase, Best Buy, Kiddicare and an outlet for JD Sports Fashion plc's outdoor brands - Millets and Blacks.

An updated set of plans from Frasers was approved by Rotherham Council last year allowing for the creation a partial mezzanine for a gym measuring 22,646 sq ft.

Fraser's Everlast Gym has announced that it is opening in Rotherham in March.

It is set to contain six unique group training concepts - HAYMAKER, HUSTLE, CRANKED, BREATHE, BACKBONE, and APEX to improve the strength, stamina and well-being of members. There's also a flavore bar serving freshly made smoothies, coffees and other post-workout fuel.

The main operator on the ground floor is to be Sports Direct and plans showed 6,000 sq ft of space on the ground floor for Fraser Group retailer, USC, along with smaller space for GAME and Evans Cycles. A 7,000 ft unit is also included which could be sub-let by the group.

The new development would mean the relocation of Sports Direct and USC which already have units at Parkgate.

The construction of a new £12m transport scheme at Parkgate is also scheduled to end in March 2024.

Work began at the start of 2023 on a new 800 metre road between Aldwarke Lane and both Stonerow Way and Stadium Way which is set to provide a second access route to Parkgate Shopping, via a roundabout between the two railway bridges.

Parkgate Shopping website
wilko website
Frasers Group website

Images: Google Maps / Everlast Gyms


Anonymous,  February 28, 2024 at 2:30 PM  

Parkgate went through a bad patch of closures for a while but now seems to have reinvented itself.

Jez February 29, 2024 at 6:21 AM  

Always busy which is good to see even though it is at the expense of the town centre. The new road should make access a lot easier.

Anonymous,  March 1, 2024 at 11:05 AM  

Not been to Parkgate since Speights Tripe shop closed
Used to go in every lunchtime for pie, peas and mash.

Anonymous,  March 1, 2024 at 5:15 PM  

Wasn't that next door to the Sportsman?

Anonymous,  March 1, 2024 at 11:01 PM  

Wasn't there also a Speights Tripe Purveyor on Wellgate, if we're allowed to mentiom it

Anonymous,  March 2, 2024 at 6:50 AM  

I tried Tripe once but it tasted offal

Anonymous,  April 9, 2024 at 1:28 PM  

Yes, one day in the 1970's I was just passing the Wellgate Speights and a Sheffield Star reporter was doing an article about tripe and I tried some (just to get me photo in Star), ugh, never again.

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