Business sprints in to grab empty JJB premises

134802a'The former JJB Sports store which has been taken over'Picture by Neil Silk'25/11/13

134802a'The former JJB Sports store which has been taken over'Picture by Neil Silk'25/11/13

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A local business has moved to secure the former JJB store in Scarborough town centre.

Just weeks after a letting company applied for a restaurant permission for the Waterhouse Lane site due to a lack of interest, Yorkshire Trading Company has snapped up the premises.

The discount retailer, which has stores in Whitby, Driffield and Bridlington, is now advertising for staff for the store, which will trade under the name Goodwins.

It is looking to recruit a store manager, an assistant manager and a sales team.

Despite repeated requests the retailer was not able to provide the Scarborough News with details of when the store will open, how many staff it is looking to employ and also how long the lease is that it has taken on the former sports store.

The news of the impending arrival is a welcome boost for Scarborough after the closure of another business last week.

Blockbuster, in Falsgrave Road, closed its doors for the final time on Thursday with the loss of six jobs.

The Yorkshire Trading Company, which has more than 20 stores across the north of England, has previously had a shop in Aberdeen Walk but it closed almost 10 years ago.

JJB went into administration in October 2012 since when the two-storey building in Waterhouse Lane has stood empty.