THERE is still strong interest in the empty units in Chichester’s Butter Market.
There is one unit on the ground floor and three units, and the open plan area on the first floor still open to lease.
But those involved in the project are adamant the spaces will be filled once the right tenants have been found.
Chartered surveyors Aston Rose are the letting agents for the Butter Market, in North Street.
Director of investment at the firm, Mark Minchell said: “At the moment we have some relatively strong interest in the majority of the space.
“We are very keen to make sure the tenants are right so it’s sustainable , we don’t want to put people in there who don’t compliment each other.”
He said there is particular interest in the open-plan restaurant space on the first floor.
“It’s a restaurant chain that people would know,” he said. “But it’s very early days in respect of those negotiations, and might not happen, because there are a lot of things that could go wrong.”
Chichester City Council clerk Rodney Duggua said the empty shops was not costing the tax payer any money.
“The refurbishment has cost the community not one penny,” he said.
“I would say I never expected to see the Butter Market reach its full potential for at least 18 months.”