Got £1.75m to spare? Property consultants instructed to find a buyer for former Bedford Wilkos site

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Well, we knew it was going to happen – and it’s probably better sooner rather than later.

But the former Wilko store in Bedford’s town centre is now up for sale.

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The former Wilko store in BedfordThe former Wilko store in Bedford
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Brought to the market by commercial property consultancy Kirkby Diamond, offers in the region of £1.75 million will be accepted.

For the uninitiated, the High Street store – which overlooks Bedford’s town square – has been vacant since September following the collapse of the company.

A substantial property arranged over three floors, the former Wilko property measures 36,900 sq ft and is being offered as a freehold.

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It has a steel frame with brick elevations behind the original historic facades under pitch slate roofs. The property also has the benefit of a servicing from Ram Yard. The frontages are Grade II listed and located in a Conservation Area.

The council has received £5 million funding improvements to St Paul’s Square opposite the property. Regeneration of St Paul’s Square will include a comprehensive development of the square, to support a variety of outdoor events, activities and performances.

Nathan George, associate and head of agency at Kirkby Diamond’s Bedford office, said: “While the closure of the Wilko store was undoubtedly a blow, the potential transformation of the building in a fantastic high street location could bring a welcome boost to the town centre.

“The property offers a wonderful opportunity to an investor or developer to remodel the building and to attract new retail or leisure occupiers. We expect there to be a great deal of interest in acquiring the freehold of this important building.”

If you’re interested, contact Nathan George on [email protected] or call 07741 261890.

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