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New retailers and restaurants lined up to open in Gloucester during 2014

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

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2014 will be the biggest year yet for Gloucester's regeneration, the city's leaders have promised.

Several new restaurants and major retailers will open at Gloucester Quays before Easter, the Eastgate Market will relocate, TK Maxx will move into the city, the Golden Egg building will be no more, the Fleece Hotel site will go up for sale and bids will be made for a new bus station.

And finally, the former Marks & Spencer site, in Northgate Street, has gone on the market to be leased out.

The three-storey building, vacated by the high street giant in July 2012, is being marketed at £300,000-per-year on a 10-year lease.

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Clem Constantine, director of property for Marks & Spencer, said: "I would accept that the store we exited does not help the appeal of that part of town and we are frustrated that a tenant has yet to be secured. Part of this relates to the deal we had with TK Maxx, which has now collapsed, and as a result we have had to start our search again. Our agents are actively marketing the site and there have been some expressions of interest but at present we are unable to confirm a new agreement."

There will be new openings at the Quays, which bosses are keeping a closely-guarded secret, including a high-profile restaurant chain, and two big high street retailers.

Jason Pullen, managing director of Peel Outlet, which runs Gloucester Quays, said: "In 2013 we have seen the opening of some 20 new businesses at the Quays alone. It has been an incredible year. Now our attentions are turning to 2014 and it promises to be an even more exciting year. We can expect new openings in the early part of the year."

Among the openings at Gloucester Quays will be the popular eatery Coal Grill and Bar, set to open in the Pillar and Lucy Warehouse, opposite the new cinema.

City council leader Paul James said: "It will be great to see some of the bigger units in the city filled in 2014 such as the Marks & Spencer site.

"I also want to find a satisfactory home for the indoor market that is acceptable for the traders but also allows TK Maxx to come in. We will also find out about our bids to bring forward the new bus station plans and in January the Golden Egg will come down. It is going to be a very important year."

The Eastgate shopping centre's manager Jason Robinson said: "The start of the year is always difficult for retailers, so it is always tricky to predict how individual stores will be affected. At the moment we have limited information on new openings." TK Maxx is among the line-up with hopes that it will be open before Christmas 2014.

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  • jas37  |  December 27 2013, 9:28PM

    zalapopadoo, Does that mean you're going to pay the £1m for the repairs to the Market building?

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  • zalapompadoo  |  December 27 2013, 6:38PM

    let tkmaxx go down there

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  • SELINA30  |  December 27 2013, 5:13PM

    Promising news but still sluggish. Expect more movement when a change of government is imminent.

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  • jas37  |  December 27 2013, 11:45AM

    Promising news, the old M&S building in Northgate street is a big void that could do with a quality retailer moving in. The Quays really needs another Bar, Portivo seems to be doing really well, in fact it's so popular it's often difficult to get a table. A lively Bar situated on the Waterfront underneath the Gym would do well.

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