The unit where Poundworld is vacating had a planning application submitted to change the use to include cafe usage. Tim Hortons (Canadian coffee house) is actively looking for several sites within the town, so potentially a brand new business may locate in that vacant unit.
On a different note, some positive news that the restaurant group who owns Chiquittos is still ‘considering’ which restaurant brand to locate on the new Linkway West development. Plus they have now started pile driving the foundations for the bowling alley, long overdue start onthat site. I have been in direct contact with the developers and they stated that occupiers had previously left because they need it to be commercially viable for them as developers (I translate that to be they are charging too much in rent).
Robbob, you may want to take some pics of St.Helens Retail Park, where Dunelm is. I think work will start at some point this year to refurbish this site. New car park layout, Aldi relocating and expanding, B&M expanding, relocation of Poundworld and Jollies (to potentially include cafe and vets) and creation of two new small units. Full plan can be found at: https://www.cspretail.com/properties/st-helens-retail-park/