Heron Foods supermarket wants to expand in Wheelgate, Malton

Gazette & Herald: Heron Foods joins Malton high street bid Heron Foods joins Malton high street bid

ANOTHER supermarket has put Malton firmly in its sights.

Heron Foods, which has a store in Wheelgate, wants to expand by merging three retails units further along the same street that are owned by the Fitzwilliam Estate Malton, and include the former Stead and Simpson store.

Heron Foods has drawn up plans for a new shop front, single-storey extension and rear first-floor service bridge to the car park.

A spokesman for Heron Foods said Malton was a very established store, but had outgrown the space available. “We have been at the existing site for some time and, with a growing customer base, we are looking to expand both our store size and products available,” he said. “Our stores are all neighbourhood-type shops located on the high street where they compliment other traders and help attract people to the high street where they then spend money in other stores.”

Tobias Burckhardt, Fitzwilliam Malton Estate’s surveyor, said: “We have been working with Heron to find them a larger shop in Malton. I understand the firm has submitted a planning application and are delighted the project is at this stage.”

The move follows news the family-owned supermarket Booths has entered negotiations to lease a proposed supermarket which forms the anchor of the livestock market redevelopment scheme in Malton.

Plans have also been submitted by GMI Holbeck for a store on Wentworth Street car park. A date for a debate on this has yet to be fixed.

A spokesman for GMI Holbeck Land said: “It is good to see existing retailers investing in Malton and reducing the shop vacancy rate further. This expanded store will no doubt provide more competition and consumer choice in the town and we are sure would work well alongside our own store.

Our proposed store at Wentworth Street clearly will have a different offer and appeal. Ours will have free parking and a new petrol station. In turn, this will benefit to the whole town by encouraging more people to shop in Malton instead of York and Scarborough.”

This week Malton was named as one of the best places to live in the UK by two national newspapers.

Metro described Malton as a “smart market town in the throes of an epicurean renaissance” and the Sunday Times named Malton in its Top 100 Places To Live in the UK.

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5:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Maltonian says...

It will certainly be an improvement on the current mostly derelict site, though I hope that the hospice furniture shop can be relocated. It's a pity they aren't demolishing this 1950s eyesore of a building but a refurb will be better than nothing
It will certainly be an improvement on the current mostly derelict site, though I hope that the hospice furniture shop can be relocated. It's a pity they aren't demolishing this 1950s eyesore of a building but a refurb will be better than nothing Maltonian
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7:30am Thu 27 Mar 14

Stewart says...

I must admit I am very disappointed with this news. When I saw the planning application to merge the units I thought Malton might at last be getting a decent large store such as a Browns (department store) or even an Argos. I have nothing against Heron but we desperately need to fill the big gaps in the retail offer such as fashion and electrical goods. How do you expect to keep people shopping in Malton when they can't even buy the basics without going to other towns? Also, with Heron moving from further down the street, it will mean yet another empty unit.
I must admit I am very disappointed with this news. When I saw the planning application to merge the units I thought Malton might at last be getting a decent large store such as a Browns (department store) or even an Argos. I have nothing against Heron but we desperately need to fill the big gaps in the retail offer such as fashion and electrical goods. How do you expect to keep people shopping in Malton when they can't even buy the basics without going to other towns? Also, with Heron moving from further down the street, it will mean yet another empty unit. Stewart
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