£10million cinema to replace Beales in Harrogate

Plans for a new cinema and restaurants will be submitted (s)
Plans for a new cinema and restaurants will be submitted (s)

A £10million cinema and restaurant entertainment supercentre for Harrogate is set to replace Beales department store on Albert Street.

A total of 250 town jobs would be created at the four-screen Curzon cinema and at least three restaurants proposed by Harrogate-based 4Urban Consulting Ltd.

The Advertiser last week revealed the store will be demolished in October, after its short-term sub-lease expires.

Paul Lancaster is managing director of 4Urban, which has owned the building, formerly known as Sunwin House and Westgate, since 2009. He said: “Following detailed research and discussions with prospective tenants, it became clear that the former Co-operative site, which is outside the prime retail core, is ideally situated for a development of this nature and can add considerably to the attraction of Harrogate.

“Since acquiring the building from Anglia Regional Co-operative in 2009, we have carefully considered a number of options and believe that creation of a readily accessible leisure scheme will help to boost the local economy.”

More in this week’s Harrogate Advertiser, on sale now.