Posted on 20th August 2017

Opus North, the leading Yorkshire development and investment company, remains “extremely optimistic” about the future of its £6.5 million retail park in Skipton.

The 35,000 sq ft retail park, 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, explained: “This was not a reflection of the park itself, but of the downturn in the DIY sector. Wickes’ troubles have been well-documented.

“This month it has been revealed that Travis Perkins, the owner of Wickes, has increased prices to offset soaring costs from the Brexit-hit pound as it posted a 4.5 per cent fall in half-year profits. A number of stores have closed.”

It is vital to stress that our Skipton park, which features a 100-space car 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.

Full story, plus aerial photo of the retail park in Skipton, attached.

For further info, please contact

Robert Beaumont Associates,
Minskip Lodge,
YO51 9JF

01423 323139 or 07710 127713

Skipton - aerial photo

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