Shops to replace former Toys R Us store at Riverside Retail Park


A new JD Sports and Home Bargains could both open within a former Toys R Us store on the outskirts of the city, plans have revealed.

The outlet at the Riverside Retail Park, off Queen’s Drive, closed in April last year after the retailer went into administration.

Plans have been submitted to refurbish the building, in order to help create three units within it to be occupied.

The documents, submitted to Nottingham City Council, have revealed two of the shops are likely to be occupied by national retailers Home Bargains and JD Sports.

The plans state: “Whilst Home Bargains do not currently have a presence in Nottingham (with their nearest store in Beeston within the neighbouring authority of Broxtowe Borough Council), JD has two stores within the city centre, on Clumber Street and within the Victoria Centre.

“These stores will remain open and trading alongside the additional store proposed at Riverside Retail Park.

“This illustrates the different primary catchments the two locations will serve.”

It remains unclear what the third unit could be, although the documents state it is likely to be “another non-food retailer”.

 

JD confirmed its new store would open in the second half of next year.

The company, however, could not confirm how many jobs were likely to be created.

Senior business leaders backed the prospect of revamping an empty shop.



The former Toys R Us at the Riverside Retail Park, off Queen's Drive.
The former Toys R Us at the Riverside Retail Park, off Queen’s Drive.

Chris Hobson, director of policy at East Midlands Chamber, said: “The issues around vacant premises in and around our towns and cities are two-fold – on the one hand they represent missed opportunities in maximising real estate and, on the other, they create a less than appealing impression to those visiting the area.

 

“With that in mind, repurposing vacant premises and converting them into viable alternatives brings numerous benefits, not least the creation of additional jobs which helps stimulate the local economy in a variety of ways.

“While there are clearly challenges facing physical shops and stores in these changing times, it is good to see that businesses are seeing value in setting up a physical presence – indicating that opportunities certainly exist for retailers despite the rise in online shopping.”

NottinghamshireLive contacted Home Bargains for comment.

The plans have been submitted by what the documents describe as Toys “R” Us Properties (UK) Limited.

Shops already at the retail park include Next and Boots.

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