Sainsbury’s deal transforms empty shop and creates jobs
A DEAL brokered by Carver Commercial part of the Carver Group has helped bring a prominent empty shop back into use, creating 20 jobs into the bargain.
Sainsbury’s has just opened a new convenience store at 63-65 Duke Street in Darlington, following an extensive refit for the c.2,700sq ft (c.250sq m) premises, which had been empty for some time and were last used by an estate agency.
Carver Commercial director Julie Wallin said: “Sainsbury’s have done a fantastic job on the Duke Street outlet. It’s an excellent shop fit and a huge transformation of the building. It’s also great for the street scene.”
Ms Wallin said the latest Darlington letting came at time of increased inquiry levels in the retail sector across Carver Commercial’s core South Durham and North Yorkshire patch.
“There is still a shortage of freehold properties and plenty of good cash buyers around, particularly in the owner-occupier sector,” she added.
“Investors are beginning to return to the market, enticed by the continuing low interest rates. We are also seeing general signs of confidence returning, with an increase in new start-up business inquiries.
New store manager Rick Turnbull said the opening had gone extremely well.
“We’re in an excellent position here, with high footfall levels and a great local community.”