The site of a department store for sale after a controversial closure

The John Lewis store in York, which controversially closed in 2021, is on the market.

The John Lewis Partnership appointed Savills to market the Vangarde Shopping Park building, which opened in April 2014.

Its closure sparked public anger, prompting the launch of a petition to try to save it.

Totaling approximately 128,000 square feet over two floors, the unit is located in a major retail and leisure destination, with neighboring occupants such as M&S, Next, Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl, along with Monks Cross Shopping Park, Sainsbury’s and Asda also located nearby.

Ian Hare, out-of-town retail manager at Savills Leeds, said: “This is a particularly exciting opportunity to acquire a very significant out-of-town retail unit in a destination popular retail and leisure business. The site also lends itself well to a variety of alternative uses, subject to relevant planning permissions, giving it significant potential.

The news comes just days after it was announced that the former John Lewis building in Sheffield city center would be put on the market, with proposals sought by June 2022 for the redevelopment of the property.

CBRE’s development consultancy team in the UK, acting on behalf of Sheffield City Council, are marketing The Barker’s Pool Building.