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New store to be `ab fab'.

Byline: By Ed Reed

Huddersfield is set to get a new department store - and the owners think it'll be the town's answer to Harvey Nicks!

Bosses of Destiny Designer Wear in Westgate want to replace the wood- fronted, single-storey building with a three-floor department store.

Silver and grey-painted timber is to make way for Yorkshire stone, to be more in keeping with the town's architectural heritage.

The pounds 1m project could be completed by the end of next year.

A planning application has been submitted to Kirklees Council.

The shop would have three floors and a basement. It would sell the latest designer wear, as well as cosmetics, jewellery and accessories.

There would also be a cafe bar.

The building would be more than twice the size of the existing site.

Destiny took over the premises - a former car showroom and later a gardening shop - in the early 1990s.

Ghulam Rasool helps run the family-owned business, which includes the nearby Rico and Sky clothes shops.

He sees the store matching the luxury of Harvey Nichols in Leeds - but with affordable prices.

Jobs for 40 to 50 staff would be created.

Mr Rasool is committed to the clothing business and Huddersfield.

He said: "Business has changed. A lot of people want to buy better stuff. They know their brands. They know the quality and they are paying for it."

He added: "Huddersfield is the biggest town in England and it's one of the wealthiest."

He said shopkeepers needed to attract local customers to their home town. He added that the town centre management team was happy with the plans.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 22, 2004
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