Knowsley Council lifeline for Inshops’ traders

Published on: Wednesday, 29-January-2014

 

Knowsley Council and Tesco have secured a lifeline for traders threatened by the proposed closure of Inshops in Kirkby.

The council has confirmed an arrangement which will see the centre remain open for another 12 months.

Under the terms of the agreement, Knowsley Council will take a lease on the centre from the landlord, Tesco, to allow businesses to continue trading. Tesco worked closely with Knowsley Council to produce an agreement that has the interests of traders in Kirkby at its heart.

Over the next 12 months, the council will work closely with affected businesses to identify and secure new, long-term accommodation in Kirkby Town Centre.

The council had previously met with Inshops to request that the deadline for the closure of the centre be extended while talks continued.

Meanwhile, the council has received confirmation that an agreement has been reached to allow businesses to continue trading at the centre in Huyton.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, Cllr Dave Lonergan, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to negotiate and secure arrangements to help traders whose businesses were under threat following the announcement by Inshops.

“It is a key priority for the council to support local businesses, particularly during this extremely challenging financial climate. By stepping in at this critical point, we have helped to secure some crucial breathing space for traders and we will continue to work closely with them to help their long term plans.”

Tesco spokesperson Mark Thomas said: “We are pleased to have been able to help and support traders in Kirkby.

“We are totally committed to Kirkby and want the whole town centre to prosper as regeneration continues. We have worked hard with Knowsley Council as a matter of urgency to bring about the best result for traders and the agreement we have reached is really positive news for everyone concerned.”