Former Comet Business Centre to be modernised
THE former home of Comet's Business Centre is set to be transformed into a hub of new quality office space.
At its height, George House in George Street housed hundreds of Comet workers.
However, last March, the company confirmed it was closing its Hull call centre, also in George Street, resulting in almost 250 redundancies.
About 40 staff were transferred from the call centre to the Business Centre, but in November Comet entered administration and the remaining 18 Comet workers left George House in January.
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The six-storey office complex occupies a prominent location in the heart of the city centre, and its closure has left a gaping hole where activity once thrived.
Now, the premises are set to provide employment opportunities for a new era of businesses after being brought to the market by PPH Commercial.
Partner Nick Pearce said: "We have just been appointed to market the Comet headquarters and are now looking to refurbish it.
"The building has been kept well, however, it just needs a bit of modernisation.
"The building provides more than 32,000sq ft of office space which is arranged in suites ranging from 2,700sq ft to a single independent building.
"Once completed, it will present good-quality office space, which is much needed in the city centre."
Comet was founded in Hull in 1933 by George Hollingbery.
Launching as Comet Battery Stores Limited, the company charged batteries and accumulators for wireless sets.
The company went on to become one of the major players in the electrical retail sector, employing thousands of people throughout the UK.
Its collapse marked one of the biggest high street casualties since the demise of Woolworths in 2008.
Councillor Steven Bayes, portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration and Employment at Hull City Council, said: "The building is a prime site and offers a good city centre location for businesses.
"Any projects that invest in rented properties to improve the offer for businesses locating themselves in Hull have to be welcomed."