Former Comet in Gloucester to be split into two shops
THE former Comet store in Gloucester could be divided into two new shops after plans to sell it as one unit fell on deaf ears.
The electrical supplier, at St Oswald's, closed its doors for the last time in December after falling into administration.
Charity YMCA moved into the unit shortly afterwards and will remain there until a sale is agreed.
Despite marketing the unit, Gloucester City Council has confirmed it has received no interest from any businesses who may be willing to move in.
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Now a planning application has been submitted to Gloucester City Council to split the huge 1,858m sq unit in half, creating two units measuring 938m sq and 932m sq, in a fresh bid to attract buyers.
It is understood Wren Kitchens have agreed to move into one of the new spaces, and the planning application includes proposals for a new entrance and also a mezzanine floor.
Barry Leach, of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, said: "This is clearly an effort to make that big unit work. As long as any new business doesn't go into direct conflict with any city centre businesses then I think it's a good thing – a kitchen business is fine."
Meanwhile, Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said: "What we don't want is for the retail park to be in conflict with the city centre, and with a kitchen shop it certainly won't be.
"The retail park has its own appeal and I hope it continues to compliment the city centre."
Rea Bhatt, assistant manager at Hayden Taylor Menswear in Westgate Street, said: "A retail park has its place and the city centre has its place too. They should be different and they should offer a different shopping experience.
"If nothing goes in there that will compete with the city centre then it will be great."
Wren Kitchens did not supply a comment when contacted by The Citizen.