Carpetright could be forced to vacate Chorley store

The future of Carpetright’s Chorley store has been put under the spotlight after a planning application from Home Bargains proposes a takeover.

Discount retailer Home Bargains has submitted a planning documents to Chorley Council to take control of two units on the Alliance Retail Park, which are currently occupied by Carpetright and Curry’s.

According to the plans, Home Bargains will redevelop both units into one larger retail space, refurbishing and extending the site the process.

It is understood TJ Morris has acquired the freehold to the site and that both Carpetright and Curry’s are reaching the end of their respective leases.

Home Bargains, which has over 500 UK stores and sites located in nearby Preston, Wigan, Blackburn and Bolton, said the project – if approved – will create many jobs for the local area.

Carpetright has confirmed that its lease does expire towards the end of 2021 at the Chorley location but expressed a “keen” interest to “continue trading” from the site.

However, if Home Bargains is successful with the planning application, it may be possible that Carpetright is “forced to vacate”.