Huge 200 job Ramsdens retail park development in Grimsby in talks with retailers

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 14 Jul 2017

Major plans to transform Grimsby's Ramsdens superstore site into a multi-retail park - creating around 200 jobs - will be submitted to planners in the coming days.

Proposals for the multi-million pound redevelopment on Cleethorpe Road, which will generate 64,000 square feet of retail and leisure space, are about to enter their final phase after the Ramsden Group acquired the existing car park from North East Lincolnshire Council.

Since the site was granted outline planning permission by the council in 2015, the owners have held discussions with potential local and out-of-town occupiers. The former Ramsdens Discount Department Store closed its doors for the final time in April last year.

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Demolition of the site is expected to begin before the end of the year.

Nick Ramsden, managing director of the Ramsdens Group, said: “This next stage represents a major step for this very important redevelopment. It will allow demolition to start on site at the appropriate time which will be a signal of intent to all stakeholders.

“In recent months, we have focused our energy on building real momentum with potential occupiers and this latest move will demonstrate our genuine intent for the project.

“Once completed, the scheme will bring new life to this part of Grimsby and improve the shopping and leisure offer to the local community."

Dudley Ramsden pictured as Ramsden on Cleethorpe Road closed for the last time in April 2016. (Image: Duncan Young)

He added: "At the moment, the town is littered with empty retail units, showing just how difficult it is to be successful in such a competitive sector, but we are confident that we can provide the right mix of units and opportunities for the new retail park to open up a new era of shopping in the area.”

When built, the retail park will include parking for 214 cars and facilities for disabled people and cyclists.

It is estimated the development will generate around 200 new jobs and millions of pounds of additional income for the town’s retail economy.

Mr Ramsden added: “We have been in regular contact with the council’s planners and with the elected members and we recently met with councillors representing the East Marsh and Sydney Sussex wards to brief them on the detailed plans. The response from all parties has so far been very supportive.”

The former Ramsdens Discount Department Store, on Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby.

As reported, plans for the development in Cleethorpe Road had been recommended for refusal following objections from the owners of Freshney Place, who claimed a retail park would threaten its large investments, such as the Primark expansion and the multi-million pound cinema and restaurant development.

But members of the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee received a round of applause after a narrow vote in favour of the Ramsdens application.

The Ramsden Group remains one of Grimsby’s biggest employers after building the town's first large supermarket during the 1960s.

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