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Record number of North West high street banks up for auction with Pugh

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A total of 13 former high street bank properties will feature among around 200 lots due to go under the hammer at Pugh’s property auctions in Manchester and Leeds next week.

Seven North West former retail bank branches are up for auction at the Pugh property sale on 19 February, including four in Greater Manchester.

Guide prices for the town-centre retail-bank properties range from £400,000 for a three-storey, 2,500 sq ft former bank building on Stockport Road in Longsight, Manchester, to £50,000 for a 1,100 sq ft former RBS branch in Golborne near Warrington. Other bank properties in Cheetham Hill, Denton, Handforth, Cheadle and Southport are also included in the auction.

Pugh managing director Paul Thompson said: “There has been a digital revolution in the way our banking clients’ own customers access their services in recent years, and this has fuelled some of the changes we have seen to our high streets up and down the country.

“The good news is that banks are attractive and often highly adaptable properties, and they always generate a huge amount of interest from potential buyers. Sale by auction is one of the most rapid and effective ways to ensure that a former bank can take on a new and useful identity within a community and Pugh has earned a reputation as the go-to auctioneer for this type of property.”

Also included in the Pugh North West auction at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on 19 February is the former police station in Poulton le Fylde near Blackpool, the landmark Victorian Everton Water Tower in Liverpool and Oldham Council’s Brownhill Countryside Centre in Dobcross.

For more information on any of the properties and to view the full auction catalogue, visit the Pugh Auctions website.

Established 26 years ago, Pugh is the largest auctioneer outside of London and was acquired by property consultant Eddisons in 2016. The firm’s next property auctions will take place at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester on 19 February and at Leeds United’s Elland Road football ground in Leeds on 21 February.

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