Yorkshire based property development and investment company Opus North remains “extremely optimistic” despite Wickes pulling out.
The £6.5 million, 35,000 sq ft retail park in Skipton, which is located on part of the site of the Guyson's International factory on Keighley Road, had a recent setback when DIY giant Wickes pulled out of the development.
Andrew Duncan, managing director of Opus North, said: “This was not a reflection of the park itself, but of the downturn in the DIY sector. Wickes’ troubles have been well-documented.
“It is vital to stress that our Skipton park remains an extremely attractive proposition to retailers. We are experiencing high levels of interest from a number of household names, including Pets at Home, and hope to make an announcement about new occupiers in the near future.
The existing Guyson factory will be extended and improved under the plan. Its managing director, James Thompson, said the park would secure the company's future.
He explained: “Guyson will celebrate its 80th year in business next year and with three sons now in the business we are making the transition from what our grandfather started to the fourth generation.
“A multi-million pound reinvestment generated from the retail park development will enable us create a world-leading new facility fitted with the latest manufacturing technology.
“This reinvestment linked with our international growth strategy will create new job opportunities and future proof our Skipton operations for years to come”
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