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Plans for TGI Friday's and new piazza given warm welcome in Gloucester by traders and shoppers

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

HOW IT COULD LOOK: A computer generated image of Market Square. Inset, yesterday's report.

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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.

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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."

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  • jas37  |  February 28 2014, 9:23PM

    SandraPee, You appear to have a track record of jumping to (wrong) conclusions . What has this story do with the Council, my understanding that this development is proposed by the Quays who will need to gain consent from the (blinkered) Council Planners. I have stated on numerous occasions before, in my opinion the City Council have totally neglected the Docks as an attraction. Decisions such as permitting (themselves) change of use of Phillpotts Warehouse to Offices displays short sightedness and a total lack of vision and ambition. The Docks is screaming out for visitor attractions, Phillpotts (and Lock Warehouse) are ideal locations for them but the Council seem to think of the Docks as an area purely to site their Offices. This Public Square faced by Bars, Restaurants and Cafe's on 3 sides will be a huge step in the right direction- that's if the Planners allow it of course.

  • SandraPee  |  February 28 2014, 9:36AM

    bdbear and Mark Wallace. I think jas37 /the council are wearing rose coloured glasses .............................

  • jas37  |  February 28 2014, 6:54AM

    bdbear, The Southgate street car park is not going to be used for offices, this was called off a long time ago. Hundreds of people park in the Peel centre car park then cross the road to the Quays etc every day

  • bdbear  |  February 27 2014, 11:06PM

    The car park on southgate street is only there until the land can be used for offices , rememder eccestical then it will only be the quays car park you can use as the peel one is only for visitors to the peel centre

  • jas37  |  February 27 2014, 7:22PM

    Reading some of these comments makes me wonder if Gloucester has a near monopoly of negative minded people who try to turn any good news into doom and gloom. Yes, it will mean the loss of around 100 parking spaces but surely a quality public square is preferable to this car park, especially when there are two much larger alternative car parks within approximately 100metres - both of which contain a far greater number of disabled spaces than this one.-- cosmic, It's perhaps easy to come to the conclusion that you have never travelled outside of Gloucester. If you do ever venture outside the City boundaries you would discover that most major Cities have a TGi's, T K Maxx and Wetherspoons.

  • MarkWallace  |  February 27 2014, 6:21PM

    Salvo2304 You're suggesting "less than a 5 minute walk" for a disabled person. Want to rethink that statement?

  • NibNobs  |  February 27 2014, 4:48PM

    more junk food which centres around burgers and chips, chicken wings and garlic bread.

  • Rob_quedgeley  |  February 27 2014, 12:58PM

    Cosmicc - how does that sum Gloucester up? Lots of places have those three things... Cheltenham for instance. And Bristol and Worcester... And on and on... Your comment doesn't make a lot of sense.

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  • cosmicc  |  February 27 2014, 9:42AM

    Sums up Gloucester - TKMaxx,TGIFridays and a Wetherspoons. I give up.

  • SandraPee  |  February 27 2014, 9:34AM

    Salvo2304 . ''The whole world can not be one big flat car park'' ......... what a totally ridiculous comment .