New lease of life for commercial property following extensive refurbishment

A landmark building in North Yorkshire is gaining a new name and lease of life after being refurbished by property company Northminster Holdings.

The 1,530 sq ft, two-storey building in Easingwold town centre, which was originally built as a a house but has since been occupied by a bank and the local newspaper, was acquired by Northminster Holdings earlier this year.

Northminster, which recently completed a new purpose-built distribution depot in York for national parcel career, DPD, carried out a major refurbishment of the property, which was most recently occupied by Costa Coffee.

This branch of the coffee shop chain had failed to re-open after the pandemic lockdowns.

The £50,000, three-month refurbishment, carried out by Harrogate-based SDL Construction Management, included re-roofing and replacing rotted roof timbers, repairing cracked masonry, installing insulation and steel beams to bolster unsupported brickwork.

The property now comprises a 1,034 sq ft ground floor retail space and a 116 sq ft preparation or storage area along with toilets. On the first floor is a 380 sq ft store and office.

Northminster Holdings managing director, George Burgess, said: “Due to its interesting business history, we have renamed the property ‘The Trading House’. We are pleased to be playing a role in preserving this part of Easingwold’s heritage, extending its life and seeking a new business occupier.

“We believe it will appeal to a range of different businesses including restaurants, particularly some form of café, pizzeria or other specialist food or drink retailer; offices or retail.

“Easingwold is a good commercial proposition as it has a thriving, fast-expanding community with several new housing developments. More than 1,500 people have moved to the town since 2000.”

The Trading House is being marketed by York agents, Barry Crux & Co.

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