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Reader comment: Is arrival of TK Maxx at the Eastgate shopping centre in Gloucester more vital than public market?

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 18, 2013

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REGARDING the recent article ‘Relocating Eastgate Market for TK Maxx could ‘kill it off’.

The Market Hall is one of the best post-war buildings to be put up in Gloucester. Yes, it is made of concrete, and was erected at about the same time as ‘The Golden Egg’ – but that is where the comparison ends (apart from the neglect that both have suffered).

It was built to be viewed from three aspects – across the bowling green where its large windows allow light to flood into the interior and provide a handsome backdrop to the green; the side facing Greyfriars – more massive and with more discreet glazing (also with an echo of Coventry Cathedral in the ‘stepped’ layout) to complement the church remains; and thirdly the public entrance off the Via Sacra which (when stripped of accretions) has a monumental quality. Around 350 new houses are being built on the college grounds. What do the residents of these new homes need? An ugly box in which to buy discounted fashion from last year or a purpose-built, public market which leads them through to the city centre passed locally-run small businesses?



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  • GlosAnarchy  |  November 18 2013, 8:14PM

    So they can fit the market into a smaller space than it occupies now but TK Maxx will not fit in the same space as the market? Something missing here, are they thinking that several of the market stalls will just pack up shop and close?

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  • jas37  |  November 18 2013, 6:34PM

    zalapompadoo I have not come across anyone who would like to see the Market close but many who have commented seemed to be ignoring the facts. The Council and Shopping Centre owners seem to be offering the Market traders a lifeline by accomadating them upstairs.. Are you suggesting that the Market traders will be able/willing to pay the considerably increased rents to fund the building repairs?

  • zalapompadoo  |  November 18 2013, 6:19PM

    jas37 , we dont have our heads stuck in the and maybe you are 1 of a few who wish to see the market close however judgeing by this site many feel it is worth fighting for

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  • jas37  |  November 18 2013, 11:23AM

    It still seems that some people are sticking their heads in the sand. There is nowhere near enough room for T K Maxx upstairs. The Market building apparently needs a huge amount of money spending on it, reported to be around £750k to £1m. Are the Market traders going to be able/willing to fund this through the drastically increased rents that would be required, or are people suggesting that the Council or Shopping Centre owners could somehow pay for it with no prospect of any realistic return?

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  • GlostaBoy123  |  November 18 2013, 10:19AM

    Leave the Market where it is, TK Maxx move in to the old Marks And Spencer, simple! The reasons for this, majority of Gloucester will tell you.

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  • GlostaBoy123  |  November 18 2013, 10:19AM

    Leave the Market where it is, TK Maxx move in to the old Marks And Spencer, simple! The reasons for this, majority of Gloucester will tell you.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  November 18 2013, 9:49AM

    let tkmaxx use the upstairs it works in regent arcade in chletenham, shoppers come in from other towns to visit our market tkmaxx only appeals to a few our market is for everyone LEAVE OUR MARKET ALONE.

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  • Lecorche  |  November 18 2013, 9:26AM

    Nowhere else is there a place that shows the true character of Gloucester people than the hall of little traders. In every way they are Napoleon's "Nation of Shopkeepers" and they provide Gloucester with a soul in a manner that's far above anything else you could find in such a small space.

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