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High street store New Look is to launch a new 5,244 sq ft store in the centre of Barnsley.

The retailer will be opening its latest branch in The Glass Works in July and fit out work has already started.

It follows a string of other leasing deals at the shopping and leisure destination to major brands such as Fridays, Flannels, River Island, Cineworld, Nandos and The Botanist.

New Look has operated from Cheapside in recent years but took the opportunity to move to new premises in The Glass Works when its lease came up for renewal.

Councillor Sir Steve Houghton said: “The Glass Works is proving a resounding retail success and New Look’s move locks the brand into Barnsley town centre for the foreseeable future.”

Peter Rodgers, New Look’s head of retail – Central Division said: “We are excited to announce our brand new store in The Glassworks opening on July 21st, where we will continue to provide our New Look customers in Barnsley with a great fashion focused shopping experience.

“Our existing Cheapside store will close on 20 July and we look forward to welcoming our existing and new visitors to our new store.”

Alex Hyams, senior leasing manager at Queensberry, added: “The pandemic and changing nature of the high street has thrown up many difficulties but Barnsley has managed to proactively tackle these to achieve fundamental improvements to their town centre.

“The Glass Works is now more than 80% let. Considering the headwinds we’ve faced it’s very impressive and we have more news to come. Barnsley is proving to be a real success story.”

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