A new use for vandalised store?

A DISUSED Barnstaple building, long dubbed an eyesore by residents, looks set to undergo transformation into an Argos Extra store, it has been revealed. The former furniture showroom in Rose Lane, Whiddon Valley, has been empty for many years and has lo

A DISUSED Barnstaple building, long dubbed an "eyesore" by residents, looks set to undergo transformation into an Argos Extra store, it has been revealed.The former furniture showroom in Rose Lane, Whiddon Valley, has been empty for many years and has long been targeted by vandals.A proposal to render the existing brickwork, install security shutters, ram-raid bollards and new signage, was reported in the Gazette earlier this month. At the time, agents refused to reveal what the future had in store for the property, but a new application submitted to North Devon Council planners reveals the retailer's identity. The application for internally illuminated fascia signs; six non-illuminated brushed stainless steel click frames; and one non-illuminated freestanding double-sided sign, has been submitted by sign specialists on behalf of Argos Distribution Ltd.The company currently has around 200 Argos Extra stores nationwide, most of which are in out of town retail parks.The stores stock the catalogue's full range of items, including the Extra range, about a third larger than the traditional range.


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