New store to open in Hull’s old New Look next week

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A big new store has been announced for one of Whitefriargate’s largest abandoned units – just days after the takeover of the old Marks and Spencer store. Last week, it was confirmed that Wykeland Group, of Hull, had purchased the iconic old store, as well as the former New Look store and the HMV.

It took only a few days to reveal the identity of one of the new retailers moving into Hull’s high street.

The Durham Bed Centre, which stores furniture, including beds and sofas, is scheduled to open on Monday, June 15, following a further planned relaxation of coronavirus containment.

It will take on the 35,000 square foot old New Look unit, as a new face to run the old M’s is still sought after.

Wykeland Property Manager David Donkin said: “The arrival of the Durham Bed Centre will bring additional traffic to Whitefriargate as businesses and other businesses reopen following the Covid-19 disruption.

“We are very pleased to have brought this vacant unit back to life so quickly. This reflects the short-term strategy we envisioned in these acquisitions, as we view the long-term reuse of buildings as part of a broader picture of regeneration and reinvention for Whitefriargate and downtown Hull.



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The new addition to Hull is the largest independent bed and furniture retailer in the north-east and hopes to replicate its success in Hull.



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The company’s expansion into the north of England also saw Durham Bed Centre open stores in Leeds, Warrington in Cheshire, and Bootle on Merseyside.

The move from Hull means the unit will be open for business for the first time since the closure of the New Look fashion store in March following its restructuring in the UK.

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