TAKEAWAY chain Burger King has revealed plans to open a store in the city centre.
The fast-food restaurant, which already has an outlet in the Peel Centre, has submitted a planning application to Gloucester City Council to move into the unit once occupied by Carphone Warehouse and Barratts Shoes.
Letting agents have been trying the market the premises for over three years and it is currently being temporarily leased by fashion shop FYI.
The unit fronts onto Eastgate Street and is managed by The Eastgate shopping centre.
Centre manager Jason Robinson has welcomed the news.
“Since the relocation of Carphone Warehouse on Eastgate Street, we have been actively marketing the unit,” he said.
“It is fantastic news that we now have interest in a long term lease on the premises.
“This is yet another example of retailers showing confidence in both the Eastgate shopping centre and the city in general.”
Applicant The Other Retail Group is asking for a change of use of unit 20 from shops to a mixture of restaurant and hot food takeaway.
Tom Mees, associate partner of Eastgate shopping centre’s letting agent Kitchen La Frenais Morgan, has been marketing the property since Carphone Warehouse vacated the premised in May 2011.
Since then, the firm has agreed terms elsewhere within the shopping centre with retailers including Blue Inc, JD Sports, Tesco, Boswells and Internacionale.
However, number 20 has seen little interest.
“The proposal from Burger King is the first permanent offer we have had in over three years of marketing,” said Mr Mees.
“The property has been vacant for considerable periods of time.
“The only occupation that the property has seen has been temporary leases including Barratts shoes and Home Living.
“The property has never attracted an offer for a long-term lease or indeed anything longer than a one month term. We have tried but been unable to identify a long term occupier for the property in the prevailing economic climate in a city where the supply of vacant units is relatively high.”