The centre’s owners have said there are ‘several interested parties’ for the former BHS store and are working to keep Topshop ‘within Green Lanes’.

The owners of Barnstaple’s Green Lanes Shopping Centre are in talks with ‘several interested parties’ over the centre’s now empty BHS store.

BHS closed its doors in July, after the company was wound down by administrators.

Now Rockspring, who own Green Lanes, has given an update on the empty unit.

Barnstaple's BHS store closed in JulyBarnstaple's BHS store closed in July

A statement from Rockspring said: “With regard to the former BHS unit, discussions are progressing with several interested parties and we look forward to making an announcement as soon as we have a formal letting agreement in place.”

One chain that could be moving into the unit is Topshop, who are set to leave their current premises as part of an overhaul of the shopping centre’s High Street entrance.

The BHS store is now the only unoccupied unit in Green Lanes, which recently welcomed jewellery company Pandora and secured a letting with shoe retailer Deichmann.

How the High Street entrance to Green Lanes could lookHow the High Street entrance to Green Lanes could look

Rockspring said: “At the same time, as part of our wider plans for the centre (which is now fully let apart from the BHS unit) we are working with Topshop to find a suitable alternative premises within Green Lanes, whilst also exploring the viability of the entrance works which we believe will materially benefit both Green Lanes and Barnstaple town centre, as well as improving the shopping experience for local residents and visitors.”

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