Matthew Neville

Two new retail showrooms open in Sunderland following “extensive refurbishment”

Two retail showrooms have opened on Wearside after the North East retail property consultancy swiftly secured new occupiers for a Teesside based property company.

Wynsors World of Shoes and Easy Bathrooms have expanded their branch networks after signing leases on premises at Roker Avenue in Sunderland. The deals follow an “extensive refurbishment”, undertaken earlier this year, to reconfigure the units and install new staff facilities.

Sarah Newton, senior estates surveyor at Cable Properties, which has owned the units since 2015, commented: “We’re very pleased with the calibre of tenant we’ve been able to attract as a result of @retail’s experience, knowledge and contacts in the North East retail sector.

“We have always believed that the site has great potential and we are very pleased to be able to complete phase one, welcoming well-known brands that have directly enhanced the development.”

In the next phase, it is hoped that a neighbouring vacant plot will accommodate a new retail warehouse, and plans are currently being drawn up to move the project forward.

David Wilson, group property manager at Wynsors World of Shoes, said “After 12 years at Peel Retail Park in Washington, we were eager to source a unit in nearby Sunderland. This site was put to us by @retail and is a perfect size to help accommodate further recruitment once the store is established.

“We’ve worked closely with Ian Thurlbeck and @retail for many years and their knowledge of the property market, especially in the North East, has proven invaluable to us in expanding our retail offering in the area. We now operate from sites in Hartlepool, Gateshead, Stockton and Longbenton in addition to the new Sunderland store, which already employs a team of seven.”

Ian Thurlbeck added: “In both instances, the lettings were finalised remarkably quickly in order to get these sites occupied and both retailers open for business. The deals really do illustrate that there’s always strong interest in good retail space, in the right location!”

Cable Properties is a family-owned company with a multi-sector portfolio extending from Glasgow to London, with the majority of its holdings located in the North East and Yorkshire. Sanderson Weatherall acted as joint letting agent in both deals. The refurbishment was delivered by Northpoint Architects and Robertson Simpson.

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