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Costco say they are NOT behind mystery plans approved for Interbrew site

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

The Eastern Avenue site

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PLANS for a Costco-style warehouse club that might never happen have been approved for a site at Eastern Avenue.

The warehouse club plans for the former Interbrew site have left councillors and planners baffled because Costco have reiterated that they have no intention of coming to Gloucester.

The application by Javelin Properties Ltd was approved by city councillors on Tuesday but a spokesman representing the company admitted there was no confirmed occupant.

A planned restaurant next to the cash-and-carry style development was removed at the eleventh hour as it had become a bone of contention with planners.

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Costco’s director of international real estate Nick Deeks also confirmed again that they would not come to Gloucester.

He said: “As previously highlighted, Costco currently do not have an interest in Gloucester.

“Costco have no interest in this site and have not had any detailed discussions with the applicant.

“I find it a little surprising that the authority can consider an application of this nature without a named operator.”

Councillors remained convinced that the scheme could have a positive impact on Eastern Avenue if it did go ahead. They voted the planning application through.

Speaking enthusiastically about the plans as a Costco customer herself, councillor Lise Noakes (C, Barnwood) said: “I was delighted to see this application come in but quite sad to see the restaurant withdrawn. Barnwood only has one restaurant at the moment.

“I know that Costco say that it isn’t them but I have been a member with them for eight years and I know how they work. They are an extremely high quality retailer. We are not looking at some shabby warehouse.

“They would bring in an awful lot of people to this city so I think it is absolutely fantastic.”

Councillor Mark Hobbs (L, Moreland) added: “This would lead to a positive regeneration of Eastern Avenue. I hope it will have a similar effect as The Range has had further up the road.”

A spokesman representing Javelin Properties said: “This is an important and major development. This is a serious proposal and we intend to deliver it.”

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  • ChrisRobbo  |  May 08 2014, 3:53PM

    Well, if it's definitely not Costco it must be Makro?

  • Lily12  |  May 07 2014, 3:15PM

    Really do hope Costco comes to Gloucester, save on so many trips going to Bristol or Cardiff. Costco would be great for Gloucester and will be very well supported by businesses based in the Gloucestershire area

  • Kay_Powell  |  May 07 2014, 3:11PM

    Irrespective of a named user, the planning permission can be sold on to anyone else who cares to operate the site.

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  • NibNobs  |  May 07 2014, 3:05PM

    COSTCO yes, IKEA yes yes. Another duplicated pin on the map at head office/domination supermarket chain NO!!! (unless it was Waitrose)

  • honslknjklyt  |  May 07 2014, 11:11AM

    It is clear it seems that Costco are not behind this, but maybe they would consider it? I agree absolutely with the councillor, Costco is an extremely high quality place and would be greatly welcome in Gloucester.