Photo makeover for former TJ Hughes store in Hull's Ferensway
PICTURES of Hull's landmarks are being used to brighten up an unused shop in the city centre.
Images of The Deep, Hull Marina and the Maritime Museum are just some of the scenes now adorning display windows in the former TJ Hughes, in Ferensway.
The giant photographs were supplied by Visit Hull And East Yorkshire and placed there by Hull Business Improvement District (Bid).
It is hoped the measures will smarten up the area around the transport interchange for shoppers and visitors.
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Hull Bid's city centre manager Kathryn Shillito said: "The agents say there is interest in the site, which is encouraging as naturally we don't wish to see the unit remain empty for any considerable period of time.
"In fact, the number of unoccupied retail units in the Bid area, as a percentage, is better than the national average.
"We acknowledge the work is cosmetic but it is important because we need to create a good first impression, particularly as this is the first view of the city centre for many people arriving by public transport and a lot of people drive past the building every day."
This is not the first time an vacant shop has been covered up in this way.
When Argos – the store below the TJ Hughes unit – closed, BID also decorated it with pictures.
It was given a "Hull City Pride" theme to celebrate the Tigers' promotion to the Premier League.
The Argos store closed three years ago after the chain switched to a new shop in the nearby St Stephen's shopping centre.
Ms Shillito said: "We wanted to fill the windows with pictures of some of Hull's famous attractions.
"In addition to brightening up an empty building, it also shows some of what the city has to offer – maybe it will encourage visitors to explore a little further."
In nearby Paragon Square, another Hull landmark has been given a makeover.
Gilberdyke-based Magic Cote Cleaning UK Ltd has cleaned the war memorial free of charge.
Hull Bid will soon begin work to jet-spray the paved area adjacent to the memorial, following a removal of some of the street furniture.
Ms Shillito said: "We cleaned the areas around the litter bins, which were particularly bad, and we will now heading back this week to finish the rest.
"It is a large area and a big project but it is an important location.
"Magic Cote have done a fantastic job and hopefully our efforts will help that part of the city centre look its best."