Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 3 August 2022
HINCKLEY’S former Santander bank branch has seemingly found a new taker.
The former town centre bank, located on 6 Castle Street, has sat empty since July 2021 – meaning it has sat empty and vacant for a total of 13 months.
But recently, the Hinckley Free Press have learnt that as of seven days ago, it has been taken off the property market, as it has been removed from online property websites, and the ‘under offer’ sign which was placed atop the building is no more.
The property was being managed by Colliers Letting Agents, who are originally from Canada, with many offices in the UK, in Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, and Birmingham.
Today (Wednesday, 3 August), signs of life with spotted inside of the building once the sliding doors were left ajar, showing that contractors were digging on the ground floor and using wheelbarrows. Scaffolding has also gone up in some parts of the building.
These works have started rather suddenly, despite the fact no planning documents have officially been lodged with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (HBBC) yet.
The Hinckley Free Press approached the contractors in question, hoping for future details on its next lease of life, but they refused to answer our request for comment.
No future details on its next use have yet been made known.
The letting agents responsible for the property have been approached, but have not yet responded to our request for comment at the time of publication.
Just a few doors away, a new vape and technology retailer named Vapemax and Techmax are in the process of setting up their new shop in the former PDSA charity shop.
A brand new coffee shop named The Wild Lotus is to open next door to the Optical People opticians, but they are still undergoing interior renovation works inside.
The RSPCA are taking on Mind’s former charity shop on Castle Street, as they plan to re-open it as a new RSPCA branch, keeping Mind’s manager and volunteers.
The former Thorntons chocolatiers is ‘under offer’, as is the former Carphone Warehouse mobile phone shop, suggesting they both may soon open soon.