B M and Home Bargains could move into Forum Shopping Centre in Chester 11:30, 12 JUN 2014Updated15:36, 13 JUN 2014The former TJ Hughes business unit in the The Forum Shopping Centre (Image: Ian Cooper) Now Cheshire West and Chester Council has revealed, in a briefing to councillors, that leases have also been agreed with discount retailers B and Home Bargains with three ongoing active enquiries.
Terms have been provisionally agreed with B to move into the unit formerly occupied by TJ Hughes.However, Natalie Tansey, of managing agents Legat coach outlet purses purple Owen, cautioned: "I cannot confirm they are going in. We have had interest from people but we have not got as far as where I could say people are going in."Pedestrian flow would be boosted by major new retailers but there are fears discount stores could undermine nearby market traders who sell a similar range of goods. Previously the council has turned down tens of potential market businesses on grounds their proposed offer "conflicts with other traders".Stallholder Sandra Taker, of Toolcraft, claimed Poundworld had contributed towards the recent demise of a stall run by Roger Hewitt and his daughter Karen who sold cleaning products.Sandra said some of the Poundworld range overlapped with her own, adding: "There are buy coach purses online a few things Poundworld also sell and more so if B M move in. But I'm not just thinking about me, I'm thinking about the market as a whole and my fellow traders."Market hall butcher Geoff Hughes, who takes a different approach, believes B and Home Bargains will increase foot fall to the area generally. He added: "I think sometimes a bit of healthy competition does nobody any harm. It gives you a kick up the backside and makes you look at things in a different way."He is more concerned bus services have moved away from the Princess Street area. And while he can see potential opportunities if the Northgate Development goes ahead, he fears the consequences of disruption during the construction phase.The pilot initiative is being managed in conjunction with Chester based startup company Windows of Opportunity. The cost for individual windows ranges from to depending on size. Nine windows on vacant units are being treated in this way.The Forum Shopping Centre Windows of OpportunityThe Forum Shopping Centre will need to be coach outlet stores coupons demolished in 2017 to make way for the proposed Northgate Development.
The council acquired the centre in December, following its acquisition of assets owned by ING assets who were originally due to deliver Northgate.Councillor Lynda Jones, executive member for growth and innovation, said: "It is well known that the Forum is to be demolished in 2017 to make way for the proposed Northgate development."In the interim we are committed to doing all we can to increase footfall and the coach bags online number of tenants in the retail units.
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