BUZZING traders and shoppers have reacted with excitement to news of plans to create a £1.5 million piazza at Gloucester Quays.
The Waterways Museum car park will become a swish open-plan area under the plans, and American-style eatery TGI Friday's is already poised to move in.
The popular brand, famous for its red and white awning and singing waiters, will occupy the 5,000 sq ft unit that runs along Llanthony Road underneath the Gloucester Antiques Centre.
News of the regeneration was welcomed by traders who said it would breathe new life into the quarter.
Joe Bifulco, manager of Caffé Corretto, which looks out onto the square, said: "We think it's fantastic news and exactly what the area needs.
"It will be much more exciting than having a car park there and hopefully it will attract lots of people this way.
"Especially with summer around the corner, I can see it giving the whole area a lift."
The news prompted a flurry of online activity with people visiting our Gloucester Citizen website to register their approval.
Thomasjamesl1 said: "I was at Gloucester Quays yesterday and TGI's would be fab.
"Would be glad to see the back of the cars in the Docks – it should be all be pedestrianised."
MoanerLisa added: "This provides the endorsement the Docks and wider city needs.
"TGI's is a higher-end brand and attracts a higher-spending client. The whole area is becoming very attractive and will no doubt generate a wider improvement."
Meanwhile shoppers told the Citizen they were looking forward to the new Market Square development, which could be approved by city councillors within weeks.
Misty Dickson, 37, from Hucclecote, said: "It's great news. More shops and restaurants in the city means more choice."