THE former Debenhams site has been put on the market but owner Bradbeers has not ruled out opening a store there.

The company says it is "weighing up" its options when it comes to the future of the building in the heart of Salisbury city centre.

The prominent site on Blue Boar Row has been listed on property agent website Savills, leading to speculation about what might happen to the store.

On the Savills' website, the unit is described as a "mixed use development/commercial opportunity for sale in Salisbury city centre".

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No guide price is given. The website only states "price on application" for the 57,288 sq ft building. 

The premises has been vacant since Debenhams pulled out after failing to reach “appropriate terms” with the landlord back in April 2020.

Bradbeers has owned the building for 12 years and in November 2020 expressed an interest in opening another store in Salisbury.

Bradbeers is a family-run chain of department and furniture stores with branches in New Milton, Hedge End and Romsey.

The company's director, Greg Davies, said: "We would still like to open in Salisbury but are currently weighing up all considerations. We must look at all angles and do what is best for our company.”

While there is no definitive time scale for a decision, the desire to trade in Salisbury is still very much on the table, Mr Davies said.

He added: “It might be possible to open before Christmas this year. However, if in the meantime, we are made a good offer for the freehold building, we may decide to sell and not trade ourselves.”


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