New Boots store one step closer to opening in Quedgeley
BOOTS is one step closer to opening in Quedgeley after the former Blockbuster store was demolished.
The demolition of the site at Olympus Park paves the way for construction to begin on the new Boots store.
The beauty and healthcare retailer has been broadly welcomed by councillors.
Quedgeley parish councillor Roger Langston, for the Fieldcourt ward, said: "On the whole it is a good thing that Boots want to come here.
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"It is better than an empty site and it will provide new facilities and jobs for the people of Quedgeley."
Fellow councillor Nick Lee said: "It certainly has some real potential."
Deb Llewellyn, city councillor for Quedgeley, said: "The addition of a big business is good because it creates more jobs and a vibrant community.
"People will be very excited by this and it could really boost trade in Quedgeley and hopefully other big names will come here in the future."
The old Blockbuster store closed down in May 2012 and has recently been demolished.
A much larger Boots store will be built over the back of the car park, incorporating a mezzanine floor.
The firm confirmed they were interested in developing the store in October last year, but not everyone in the area agrees that Boots is the right choice.
Quedgeley resident Emma Roberts, who has lived in the area for 20 years, said: "I think that this is a case of Boots as a brand being seen as a good choice for the old Blockbusters site rather than anyone thinking if we need that type of shop in Quedgeley.
"Boots is a huge, well-known brand name and clearly by them deciding to open up in Quedgeley maybe other big shops will decide to follow.
"However, I do agree that everything Boots sell is already available to buy in Quedgeley.
"There used to be the Halfords store in Quedgeley and this was really handy.
"Or perhaps we need something like a WH Smith, a butchers or something we haven't already got."