Department store site for sale following controversial closure

The John Lewis store in York which controversially closed in 2021 is on the market.

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Savills to market the building at Vangarde Shopping Park, which was opened in April 2014.

Its closure was met with anger from the public, prompting the launch of a petition to try and save it.

Totalling around 128,000 sq ft over two floors, the unit is located in a major retail and leisure destination, with neighbouring occupiers including M&S, Next, Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl, with Monks Cross Shopping Park, Sainsbury’s and Asda also situated nearby.

Ian Hare, out of town retail director at Savills Leeds, said: “This is a particularly exciting opportunity to acquire a highly prominent, out of town retail unit in a desirable retail and leisure destination. The site also lends itself well to a variety of alternative uses, subject to relevant planning consents, giving it significant potential.”

The news comes just days after it was announced the former John Lewis building in Sheffield city centre had been launched to market, with proposals being sought by June 2022 for the redevelopment of the property.

CBRE’s UK Development Advisory team, acting on behalf of Sheffield City Council, is marketing The Barker’s Pool Building.