Newcastle fitness store to expand into two city centre shops that closed during pandemic

A Newcastle health retailer is to develop into two neighbouring retailers which have closed in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The former Co-op mini grocery store and TM Lewin shirtmaker on Market Street are set to be taken over by Start Fitness.

Menswear firm TM Lewin introduced final June that it might be shutting all its retailers, together with the one in Newcastle city centre, after taking a significant hit throughout lockdown.

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And round 15 members of workers confronted redundancy when the Co-op closed its doorways in March this yr.

Now plans lodged with Newcastle City Council present Start Fitness, which is subsequent door to the previous Co-op, is planning to develop into each empty models.

A listed constructing utility is in search of permission for alterations together with a brand new shopfront and opening celebration partitions between the websites.

The utility says the present retail premises at 33-37 Market Street at present types a part of Start Fitness, whereas 31 Market Street was previously a Co-op meals retailer and 29 Market Street was previously TM Lewin.

A design and entry assertion says: “The proposed use will stay as present retail premises, with the opening up works to the celebration partitions offering inner circulation between No. 29, 31 and 33 Market Street which can be an extension of Start Fitness retail.

The Co-op in Newcastle metropolis centre, earlier than it closed

“The proposal will create a revised inner association over the bottom flooring ranges, though the interior flooring areas will stay the identical.

“The proposal is to reconfigure the interior circulation preparations and prolong the present Start Fitness retail space into No. 29 and 31 at floor flooring degree.

“New inner steps and ramp between 31 and 33 will present accessibility between the models permitting prospects and workers a steady transition all through the bottom flooring areas.

“The new openings will present prospects with clear sightlines from No 35 by 33, 31 and 29, when coming into the present entrance entrance to No 35 and improve the shoppers’ retail expertise creating an open plan house throughout all 5 models.”

The final day of buying and selling on the former Co-op was March 20, with 15 members of workers susceptible to dropping their jobs in consequence.

A spokesperson on the time stated efforts have been being made to relocate these affected or to seek out them different roles.

In June final yr round 600 employees misplaced their jobs at TM Lewin because the shirtmaker stated it might shut all of its retailers after taking a significant hit in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

A agency employed to restructure the menswear firm stated it was switching all gross sales to the web in a bid to avoid wasting the model, however wouldn’t be capable of rescue its property of 66 retailers, together with one in Newcastle.

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