One of Birmingham’s landmark shopping sites is back on the market following the demise of troubled sports leisurewear retailer JJB Sports.
All but 20 of JJB’s 150 stores in the UK have been shut as a result of its slide into administration in September, including its outlet in Corporation Street, Birmingham.
Now, the Birmingham office of leading global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has been instructed to market the space occupied by JJB at the store, which is best known as the former home of retail giant C&A, and latterly Beatties.
JJB occupied 27,000 sq ft of space at the store, which it shared with Mothercare and fashion retailer New Look, who are unaffected by the closure of their former co-tenant.
The store was a flagship for JJB in the Midlands, and Cushman & Wakefield are hoping to let the space to another major occupier in the near future.
Cushman & Wakefield are also marketing another prime city centre site, this time the HSBC Bank building in Colmore Row. HSBC is vacating its 2,500 sq ft of space after taking advantage of a break clause in the lease.
Rob Alston, retail partner at Cushman & Wakefield in Birmingham, said: “These two instructions are good ones, as both are very high profile.
They will appeal to tenants seeking a top quality address in the city centre.” Cushman & Wakefield has also completed a letting on a unit next to its own offices at 9, Colmore Row, after Whitewall Galleries relocated.