Belfast Telegraph

Bangor bank building and Co Antrim unit housing UK gym chain on market

The former Danske Bank premises, a listed building located in Bangor town centre, is up for sale
The former Danske Bank premises, a listed building located in Bangor town centre, is up for sale
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A former Danske bank branch in Bangor and a gym facility in Ballymena have gone on the commercial property market.

The bank building at 77 Main Street in Bangor stopped operating as a Danske branch earlier this year, but is now seeking a new owner with a price tag of £375,000.

Danske, which has 40 branches in Northern Ireland, said at the time that the decision to close the branch was not taken lightly.

It pointed to the growing trend for people to use internet banking as one of the reasons behind the closure.

Harry Crosby, associate director at Osborne King, said: "Bangor provides an opportunity to purchase a landmark listed building in the heart of the town centre.

"We expect interest from a wide range of owner occupiers and investors. The building was originally constructed around 1780 as a market house and retains many original features."

The listed building is made up of an open plan banking hall on the ground floor with a range of offices, while the first floor provides additional office accommodation with a staff canteen and toilet facilities.

Meanwhile, on the outskirts of Ballymena, the owner of two industrial units within Pennybridge Industrial Estate currently leased to a fitness business is seeking offers of £995,000.

Occupied by a branch of Lifestylefitness.co.uk, a UK chain of premium gym suites, it has a fixed five-yearly rent increase with the current tenant of 11.76%, with the next rise due in 2024.

A prime business opportunity close to the popular village of Ballyhackamore in east Belfast is also available this week, as three residential blocks and a three-storey retail outlet are listed.

The terraced sites, which are being sold as four separate entities, include 60 Upper Newtownards Road - the home of fishing tackle store Wolsey's, with two storeys of storage space - and 62 Upper Newtownards Road, which is a two-and-a-half storey former retail property requiring full refurbishment.

Meanwhile, properties at 64 and 68 Upper Newtownards Road are three-storey former dwellings with parking at the rear.

All the properties demand redevelopment. Prices are between £39,950 and £65,000.

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