A high street fashion retailer is set to open a new store at The Glass Works in Barnsley this summer.
New Look has started fit out work on the new store, which is due to open in July 2022.
The announcement follows a string of leasing agreements, with brands including Fridays, Flannels, River Island, Cineworld, Nandos and The Botanist signing up.
New Look has operated from Cheapside in recent years but took the opportunity to move to new premises in The Glass Works when its lease came up for renewal.
Councillor Sir Steve Houghton, of Barnsley Council, said: “The Glass Works is proving a resounding retail success and New Look’s move locks the brand into Barnsley town centre for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re shopping, eating, drinking, or enjoying a family day out, there are many fantastic reasons to visit Barnsley.”
Peter Rodgers, New Look’s head of retail – central division, said: “We are excited to announce our brand-new store in The Glassworks opening on July 21st, where we will continue to provide our New Look customers in Barnsley with a great fashion focussed shopping experience. Our existing Cheapside store will close on the 20 July and we look forwarding to welcoming our existing and new visitors to our new store.”
Alex Hyams, senior leasing manager at Queensberry, the council’s development partner on The Glass Works, added: “The pandemic and changing nature of the high street has thrown up many difficulties but Barnsley has managed to proactively tackle these to achieve fundamental improvements to their town centre.
“The Glass Works is now more than 80 per cent let. Considering the headwinds we’ve faced it’s very impressive and we have more news to come. Barnsley is proving to be a real success story.”