TRADERS have welcomed plans to rejuvenate King’s Square now that the Golden Egg is fast becoming a distant memory.
A £20,000 pot of money unveiled by Gloucester City Council will see paving outside the shops in the square replaced later this year.
Aviva, the owner of the shop units, is also considering re-cladding the tired-looking building to give it a fresh new look.
Removing the Golden Egg earlier this year was a major milestone.
Jamie Stewart, manager at Costa, said: “We have sunshine beaming into the coffee shop for the first time. Our customers are saying just how bright it is.
“Before you couldn’t actually see us from much of the square but now it has opened the whole place up. I am of course delighted.
“At the moment we don’t have any external seating but I’d love to be able to put tables and chairs out there so people can enjoy their coffee outdoors on a nice day.”
Panna Visani, owner of the World of Stationery, said: “It is brilliant that the Golden Egg is gone. It is a whole lot brighter now.
“Re-paving outside the shops would be really good because I have seen a number of people fall outside here. My only concern is that it could cause a lot of disruption to my customers while the work is being carried out.”
Mrs Visani also carried a warning to Aviva that she could not afford a rent rise if the building was made to look more attractive.
She said: “Trade isn’t what it used to be and while we are just about surviving now, we could not face a rent rise – we would have to relocate. But an improvement to the building would be good.”
Tracey Wynn, a shop assistant at Woody’s Fruit and Veg, said: “I am pleased to see the back of the Golden Egg. It was an absolute eyesore.
“New paving outside would be good. I too have seen lots of people falling over on the broken paving.
“Any improvements have got to be a good thing.”
The work is likely to begin after archaeological digs have been completed in the square. They are expected to begin in the coming weeks.