Batley’s empty shopping precinct could be revitalised after owners Tesco launched a fresh appeal to business owners to rent out its space.
The building’s last remaining shop, Candyman, will close on March 29, leaving the shopping centre on Alfred’s Way empty. But Tesco this week confirmed it would listen to offers from businesses to take over shops in the site, and called on businesses to get in touch.
A Tesco spokesman said: “We are very keen to find new tenants to occupy vacant units in the shopping centre.
“We are ready to offer very competitive rents and we’d encourage any business interested in taking a unit to get in touch with us.” The site was built in 1981 and has always struggled to attract new businesses.
Over the years it has housed a Halifax Building Society, a travel agent’s, a fruit and vegetable shop and a cafe, but when Candyman owner Dennis Fisher retires next week, the centre will be completely empty.