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Luxor Group scoops new tenant for former Tyrers store

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St Helens’ first Icestone Gelato will open at the former Tyrers department store this year.

Ice cream parlour and dessert restaurant Icestone Gelato has chosen St Helens as its next location, and will be heading to Luxor Group’s flagship Tyrers development.

Merseyside based developer Luxor Group purchased the iconic St Helens building in December 2016, which once housed independent department store Tyrers.

The group has now secured an exciting new tenant across the 4,200 sq ft basement and ground floor levels, Icestone Gelato. The space will be transformed in to a vibrant restaurant offering 150 seats.

Icestone Gelato offers customers the ultimate dessert experience, with an unrivalled selection of gelato, Belgian waffles, crepes, sundaes and hot cookie dough.

The premier dessert restaurant makes its own fresh gelato every day, which will be available to the public when it opens in May 2018.

The expanding ice cream parlour chain currently operates in sixteen locations across the UK, the closest being Queen Square Liverpool and Oxford Road in Manchester. It also has five delivery outlets in Huddersfield, Bradford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Oldham.

Luxor Group has invested over £1 million to renovate the former Tyrers department store and bring the empty building back in to use. The exterior façade and features have been retained, with the developers revamping the rear of the building and adding decorative exterior lighting.

The top floor of the 15,000 sq. ft. building has been converted in to a mixture of one and two-bedroom luxury apartments, known as Nicholson Lofts, which are fully sold ahead of completion this month.

Paul Nicholson, managing director of Luxor Group says: “Tyrers was an institution to the people of Merseyside and we are thrilled to bring the building back to life and introduce a new, highly respected and exciting business to St Helens’ high street.

“Icestone Gelato is the fastest growing dessert chain in the North, so its arrival in St Helens is a real scoop. It strengthens the town centre’s offer considerably while also creating a number of new jobs for the town.

“This, alongside our investment at Nicholson Plaza on Barrow Street, where we have secured three new commercial lettings, and attracting a new business tenant at Nicholson House demonstrates our commitment to aiding St Helens’ regeneration and long-term vision. Our approach alongside the support and vision of the Council is now starting to attract new businesses to the town centre and an exciting future.”

Paul Morris, operations director of Icestone Gelato, said: “We are extremely excited to be opening our latest branch in St Helens, a vibrant town with lots of regeneration plans ahead. The space available at Nicholson Lofts was perfect for us and we can’t wait to fit out the store and get our name above the door.

“We are looking forward to serving up delicious gelato, crepes, Belgian waffles and more to the St Helens public!”

Barrie Grunewald, St Helens Council leader, added: “As a Council we have ambitious plans for the town centre, which is supported further by this announcement from Luxor Group and Icestone Gelato.

“This opening supports our aim to increase the retail – leisure offer in St Helens and build a fresh, contemporary, urban environment where people will want to live, work and play.”

 

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