BOSSES at a discount store which will take over a large empty unit in Hartlepool say they still can’t confirm an exact date for its opening.
But Home Bargains chiefs have confirmed to the Mail the store in the old UK Superbowl unit on Tees Bay Retail Park will be open for business later this year.
The only bowling alley in Hartlepool suddenly closed late last year on the same day lane owners revealed plans to breathe new life into a retail park. A deal for Home Bargains to move in was quickly secured and work to transform the site has been ongoing since early this year.
After the closure of UK Superbowl, Mason & Partners, which owns the retail park, revealed Home Bargains was set to take over and said the number of people employed will be “substantial”.
A Home Bargains spokeswoman said: “The store should be open later this year but unfortunately at this stage we cannot give an exact date for the opening.”
UK Superbowl staff were said to be “shocked” when they went into work on a November morning last year to find contractors dismantling lanes and other facilities. Staff were aware the bowling alley was closing but thought it would remain open until January.