Nelson town centre is set to be much better after a key massive building empty for years has been bought.
The huge ex-Woolworths and Burtons stores between Leeds Road and Scotland Road are prominent in the heart of the newly-improved centre.
It has been sold to Myan Partnership Ltd, which plans to make up to five retail units with housing above.
Pendle Council put the two-storey unit on sale last October and is pleased the significant building is now coming back to use.
Naheem Younis of Myan Partnership – a property-holding company – said: “We’re local residents and have businesses here. We’re really passionate about making Nelson a shopping destination again. It’s been vacant for a long time so there’s a lot to do to make it fit for purpose. We’ve already had a lot of interest from businesses.”
Myan appointed Avalon Town Planning to come up with designs – a fresh new look and improved wheelchair access. Naheem added: “We want the new-look building to complement the improvements made to Nelson Town Centre. We’ll be adding new shop fronts to both Scotland Road and Leeds Road.”
Council leader Joe Cooney said: “The building which was once Burton menswear and Woolworths is the biggest we have in Nelson town centre, so this is fantastic news! We’re wholly committed to making this a success and we’ll work closely with the developer.”
Coun. Paul White, who oversees economic development, added: “This is excellent news and complements what we’re trying to achieve through Portas Pilot. It helps breathe new life in Nelson.”