EMPTY restaurants and shops in Gloucester are being brought back to life with four new outlets opening in the city.
Plans are underway for three new businesses – a barber shop, a restaurant, and a takeaway – to take on empty units in the city while a new shop has already opened its doors.
This comes just days after an official agreement was signed between the council and Stanhope plc for the £60million redevelopment of King's Quarter.
A hot food takeaway will move into the former Casino Royale, in Westgate Street, which closed last month, a new barber shop will open in Weighbridge House, in Southgate Street, and a licensing application has been submitted for the transfer of ownership of the former Namaste restaurant, in Clarence Street.
The Grooms Room, in Northgate Street, which offers formal suit hire for weddings and proms, opened two weeks ago.
Keith Graham from the store said: "This is our first shop and we saw a really good opportunity in Gloucester so we went for it.
"This unit was closed for six years before we came here. It is a really big unit though and we've got lots here, including a pool table and table tennis."
Ivan Taylor, owner of Truscott jewellers and chairman of the Westgate Association, was delighted with the news.
He said: "Onwards and upwards. We are swimming against the tide in this city and we're doing well. I have traded here for 50 years and I have seen a lot of ups and downs.
"It is all about bringing the right mix of shops in and I think we are doing that."
Meanwhile the Varsity pub, in Northgate Street, is currently undergoing a £140,000 transformation and it is changing its name to The Abbey. Bramwell Pub Company will reopen to the public at 9am tomorrow and will celebrate with a VIP party from 5pm onwards.