The famous Browns of Chester building was put on the market a year after it closed. The former three-story store in the city center has been empty since Debenhams closed its outlet on May 12 as it closed all of its stores in the UK.
The Browns of Chester building had been a Debenhams for over 40 years having started in 1780 as a haberdashery business run by the Brown sisters.
Now the site is for sale with Allsop. It has an indicative bid price above £4million. Allsop said: “Browns has been actively trading in Chester since 1791 and was considered by many to be the ‘Harrods of the North’.”
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Regarding future opportunities, they added: “The property forms part of the Chester Rows High Street Heritage Action Zone. Historic England is keen to fund initiatives which will help repurpose similar properties along major commercial arteries to ensure the vitality of the High Street.
“The buyer has the opportunity to explore reconfiguration and redevelopment opportunities (subject to planning), including:
- Reconfigure the property to offer a mixed offer integrating recreational or hotel use
- Reconfigure the commercial offer by dividing it into several units on the ground floor with alternative use on the floors, including office or leisure
- Transformation of the upper parts into residential/student housing
It has a total area of approximately 153,268 square feet (14,239 square meters) distributed over a basement, basement, ground floor and three upper floors. He is fully owned.