Grimsby’s Ramsden’s superstore vanishing into history as demolition work nears the end
Situated across the Sidney Sussex ward border, the Grimsby’s former Ramsdens store has almost completely disappeared, changing the entrance to Cleethorpes landscape forever.
Residents near the Cleethorpe Road site gave the crew a round of applause after working through the night to tear down the entrance way to the historic store.
Park Street was closed for a number of hours for work to be carried out safely overnight.
The demolition of the large, three-storey department store is nearing completion.
he facade which fronts Cleethorpe Road will be hauled down in the next few days.
That will bring an end to the physical legacy of the building which stood for 50 years at the site and supplied generations of families with their food and household items.
Demolition work is due to be completed by the end of July 2018.
Project supervisor with the Yorkshire Demolition Company, Paul Leedham said: “The project is going brilliantly. We closed the road on Monday in order to carry out the demolition of the front of the building safely.
“We had a lot of people out watching us until 3am. Some even applauded us when it was done.”
The former cafe near the entrance way has been demolished and there is only the facade fronting Cleethorpe Road to be torn down.
The building next to Clee Vet Centre has been left standing to support the business and there are three properties in a row that will remain.
Paul praised the residents living nearby for their support but added the noise levels may increase during the daytime as the crew sets to work ripping up the footings. It has yet to be revealed how far down they descend.
Paul said: “The neighbours have been fantastic.”
The large development will generate 64,000 square feet of retail and leisure space, and was rubber stamped for construction following a two-year planning process in November.
Hull-based regeneration group Wykeland is fronting the redevelopment of the site, which will include 13 retail outlets, parking for 214 cars and facilities for disabled people and cyclists.
It is estimated the development will generate around 200 new jobs and millions of pounds of additional income for the town’s retail economy.
Ramsdens closed in April 2016.
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