New Patisserie Valerie for Gloucester is icing on the cake
FOR shoppers with a sweet tooth, the latest addition to Gloucester city centre could be the icing on the cake.
Patisserie Valerie, which has numerous stores across the country including in Bath, Sheffield, and Oxford, is moving into the former Millets unit in Southgate Street.
It sells handmade cakes using fresh ingredients and traditional baking methods, as well as breakfasts, lunches, gelato, teas and coffees.
Lauren Wilcock, 17, of Stroud, who often shops in the city, said: "There are a lot of cafes but this one sounds really different and somewhere I'd go with my friends."
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Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said: "I'm delighted to see this unit being brought back into use. It is in a prime location and looked in a sorry state after Millets closed.
"Patisserie Valerie will be a good addition to the city centre offer and this news will help to keep the number of empty shops in Gloucester on a downward trend."
Workers are currently in the former outdoor shop, which closed in February, fitting it out ready for the launch.
The shop is aiming to open in the middle of December.
A spokesman for Patisserie Valerie said: "We are looking forward to extending our network of shops in the city of Gloucester and are excited about our opening."
The continental cake shop was first opened in Frith Street in London's Soho in 1926 by Belgian -born Madam Valerie, and went from success to success.
The cafes have become known for their 1950s-style decor, and Toulouse-Lautrec style cartoons by Terron.