Final unit remains at South Yorkshire retail park

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The success of a retail park based on the former Manvers Colliery at Wath-Upon-Dearne has taken its owners by surprise.

There is just one unit left on the site to rent after convenience retail chain Spar and coffee shop Caffè Latte became the latest retailers to open outlets at the Onyx Retail Park.

Construction work on phase two of the development began several months earlier than originally planned last year, because of the high demand for the outlets.

About 150 new jobs have already been created and the search is now on to find the last tenant to fill up the site.

The success has been put down to the 18,000 vehicles which pass by the retail park each day, and its close proximity to the Old Moor RSPB Nature Reserve and Wetlands and the Manvers Lake, which attract 90,000 visitors each year.

Andrew Miller from Andrew Miller Chartered Surveyors of Sheffield, which is promoting the site, said: “Unlike many new opportunities that come onto the market, there is little doubt that the high volume of passing trade and the subsequent footfall created makes the Onyx Retail Park the ideal location for a wide range of prospective retail focused businesses.”

Businesses including fast food outlets, restaurants, retail shops and beauty therapy salons currently occupy the other outlets in the retail park.

Brett Harrison, manager of Caffè Latte, believes the retail park is in the ideal location for the business.

He said: “We are thrilled to be in such an amazing site and expect to do good business in both covers and takeaway orders.

“There is a real buzz about the place with people flocking on to the site from work and homes to shop and eat.”