High demand at new retail park

phase 1 of the Onyx Retail Park development
phase 1 of the Onyx Retail Park development
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Retailers have snapped up shops at a new development in South Yorkshire.

Just three of seven units created by the expansion of Onyx Retail Park, at the old Manvers Colliery site, remain vacant, even though construction has only just finished.

The expansion has more than doubled retail space at the park from 7,500 sq feet to 17,500 sq feet.

One of the new tenants will be Spar, which is taking a 4,000 sq feet store.

The other three tenants have yet to be revealed, but include a charity shop and hair and beauty salon.

Retailers already trading at the site include Greggs, Domino’s Pizza and Subway, as well as Motor World, the UK’s largest independent car parts and car accessories retailer.

There are also two restaurants, Thai Garden Café and Bistro 63.

Sheffield-based chartered surveyor Andrew Miller, who is promoting Onyx, said: “Even before construction of phase two was completed, Spar had signed up and three of the 1,000sqfeet units at the development were also pre-let.

“I expect a lot of interest in the remaining space.”

The park has created more than 100 jobs since it opened in 2011, and Mr Miller said the owners, Onward Holdings, expect the number of employees based at Onyx will have more than doubled with the expansion.

Onyx is on Manvers Way, close to hundreds of homes which have also been built at the old pit site.