Barnsley Council, alongside its development manager Queensberry, has announced that four new brands have committed to joining The Glass Works. JD Sports, Café Bar Group Lounges, Muffin Break and MEET will collectively all be taking space at the £180 million transformational regeneration of Barnsley town centre, which is due to launch in 2021.

JD Sports, Britain’s biggest sports fashion retailer, has committed to opening 4,023 sq. ft. store on a 10 year lease. This latest letting to the self-proclaimed ‘Undisputed King of Trainers’, will open in 2019 and will be the first of its kind in Barnsley. The impressive store offers shoppers exclusive styles from the best brands that are only available at JD Sports. This letting at The Glass Works follows JD’s international expansion – having recently opened several stores in Australia and Malaysia.
Lounges, which runs over 140 restaurant/café/bars under the Lounge and Cosy Club brands, has signed a 15 year lease, and will take 3,250 sq. ft. on the ground floor of Library @ The Lightbox with a further 4,167 sq. ft. on the first floor to be branded Falco Lounge.

In addition, spin off concept MEET, originating from the local restaurant chain Backyard BBQ, is planning on creating a new dining concept developed specifically for Barnsley. MEET will take a 2,510 sq. ft. unit on a 10 year lease.

Councilor Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, says:

“We are absolutely delighted to announce a further four retail and leisure brands for our flagship development The Glass Works. Not only have we signed up the country’s biggest sports fashion retailer in JD Sports, but also existing independent Barnsley based businesses. The redevelopment of the town centre is really progressing and we’re already starting to see positive results. The new market is open and overall footfall is up 11 per cent on this time last year, bucking the national trend.”