Flourishing Ilkley bucks depressing retail trend

The flourishing West Yorkshire town of Ilkley is bucking the decline in the UK’s retail sector, according to leading Yorkshire property consultancy DE Commercial.

Richard Heslop, managing director of Ilkley-based DE Commercial, revealed that confidence in the town’s economy, including its independent retail sector, was high.

DE Commercial has just completed two retail deals in the Grove area of the town.

Mr Heslop said: “The recent headlines about high street retail, notably the decline of well-known names such as Debenhams, Accessorize and LK Bennett, have been consistently depressing. So it’s worth telling a good news story about Ilkley and its thriving shopping scene.

“We have just helped two established Ilkley retailers, Nora’s Interiors and Gifts and The Ilkley Dress Agency, expand into larger premises at the western end of The Grove. They have relocated from elsewhere in the town. This end of the popular Grove is now a vibrant area, full of successful independent shops, which is seeing a significant increase in footfall,” he explained.

DE Commercial marketed 58 The Grove, a 715 sq ft shop, which is now the home of Nora’s Interiors and Gifts, and 56 The Grove, comprising 625 sq ft, which is now occupied by The Ilkley Dress Agency.