Redundant store gets new lease of life with retailers

Celebrating the reopening of the Co-op building in Blyth.
Celebrating the reopening of the Co-op building in Blyth.

A redundant department store in Blyth has been brought back to life as part of plans to regenerate the town.

The former North Eastern Co-op building in Waterloo Road, which closed in 2013, has been completely refurbished to create space for three retailers.

A prominent property in the heart of the town, which closed in June 2013, is now home to Poundland, Bargain Buys and Iceland.

And this week, an official launch ceremony took place to mark the regeneration of the building.

The store has been completely renovated by Marshalls CDP and purchased by Arch, in a unique project which is commercially funded by rent income, with any surpluses going towards other property improvement projects in Northumberland.

Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said “I am delighted to see this important site revamped and looking so great.

“Projects like this in such key locations are extremely positive for the whole town – helping to promote economic confidence.

“I am also very pleased to confirm that funding from Blyth’s Townscape Heritage Initiative will see the refurbishment of the Poundstretcher building on Bridge Street – further enhancing the environment for shoppers and visitors to the town.

“This has been an extremely exciting week for Blyth, and I hope that through more major events and more regeneration work like this, we will see the town continue to go from strength to strength.”