A RETAIL space opened up by Oswestry Town Council is seeking a new lease of life after tenants and businesses were encouraged to express interest in taking it on.

The Cross Market, first opened in 1849, used to house the former Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop and Oswestry Town Council officially launched its search for tenants to take on the space vacated after owners closed its branch.

Oswestry mayor, Councillor Jay Moore, says he hopes to see the building used to its maximum, which could mean more than one business taking on the space in a prime location and admitted he was looking forward to meeting them.

He said: "The Cross Market is a fantastic looking building and situated perfectly in the centre of town.

"Whether a commercial opportunity presents itself or a community-based approach is taken, whoever finds themselves tenants of the building are going to have one of the most attractive and grand frontages in the entire town.

"I'm excited to see the interest submitted in the property, and I look forward to supporting and welcoming the new occupants."

A spokesman for town council added: "Oswestry Town Council is seeking new uses for the building.

"New uses are now sought for the building, with community, commercial or mixed use all considered.

"To express interest please email enquiries@oswestry-tc.gov.uk"

According to a Formal Expression of Interest (EOI) tender document – seen by The Advertizer – any approaches to the council will be considered in confidential, rather public session by councillors.

Rent for the property at The Cross is set to be around £30,000 per year but no deposit would be required.

The town council has also commissioned work to place from Monday, June 6 in order to resolve any major defects, while it will also produce a condition report for the potential tenant.

This will ensure the property is returned to the same standard at the end of the lease.

According to the EOI document, while the building is not listed by Historic England, it is within the conservation area in Oswestry and there may be an opportunity to use a cellar on the site, but it is not guaranteed.

The cellar was formerly a public convenience but access to it from the main retail area is limited.

Anyone wishing to express their interest to the council must complete the template form – available from council staff – and also agree to a credit check.