The company has agreed to terms on a property in Clough Road for its wide range of products, and will also include a large outdoor garden center. It had originally planned to open before the pandemic.
A spokesperson for JTF Mega Discount Warehouses said, “We are excited to open a new store in Hull as we have wanted to do so for some time. We think Hull is a perfect demographic for us.
“We were planning on opening a new store last year, but it had to be put on hold when we went into lockdown.
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“It has of course been a tough 12 month period for everyone in the retail industry, so being able to look forward to the opening of a new department store soon after the restrictions are lifted,” creating 35 new jobs, is really positive and exciting.
“We are delighted with this new store because the premises and location are excellent and exactly what we were looking for.
“It’s a slightly smaller space internally than most of our outlets, but it will have a huge outdoor garden center that we’re sure will be popular.
“We haven’t set an opening date in stone yet, but we are looking to open within a few months as the store is developing very well and looking great.”
Commercial realtors Garness Jones said the rental followed extensive work on the 18,840-square-foot premises, which previously housed national car and bike specialist Halfords, before moving to a new location in the across the road.
Paul White, agency director, said: “A lot of work has been done behind the scenes in recent months to be able to attract this national retailer to the city and to these particular premises, which are in a great location. central for retail businesses.
“If you try to pin down a map that is at the heart of most of the city’s large communities, it would be Clough Road, and that’s why we’ve seen the area grow so significantly in recent years, and why it now offers a solid retail offering.
“It made it attractive to JTF. They were able to see the potential of the site. ”
A decay ordinance schedule was used to fund the investment in the property, bringing it back to a suitable level after a period of vacancy.
Since opening its first store in 1979, Nottinghamshire-based JTF has grown to have 12 stores in addition to an online presence, with Lincoln, Sheffield and Leeds currently being the closest to Hull.
In November last year, despite the impact of the lockdown, it announced plans to open 40 new stores and create more than 1,400 new jobs, with a plan to go public over the next three years. .
He launched a crowdfunding campaign to help fund his ambitions and give investors a chance to own a stake in the company before it went public. JTF currently employs 500 people.