Quays boss unconcerned by £30m centre
BOSS at Gloucester Quays Richard Rawlings said he is "not concerned" about plans for a £30million retail centre in Ashchurch.
The development of 70 shops near Tewkesbury was unveiled this week by Robert Hitchins Ltd.
Mr Rawlings, centre manager at the Quays, said: "It's very early stages yet.
"And it's three years before it will actually open.
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"We are not overly concerned.
The Quays is currently developing a cinema and food quarter costing £60million.
The Cineworld is due to open in November and Mr Rawlings said they were in talks with several companies about opening restaurants there.
He added: "The figure of £30million for an entire centre of 70 shops seems a bit optimistic. It's still a tough market out there.
"I'm not dismissing it and it could be a good thing for Tewkesbury but I'm not sure there's a need for an out-of-town centre in this area.
"There has been so much talk about city centre retail and this seems to go against what the planners want.
"I'm not sure Gloucester City Council will welcome it."
He said they would be keeping an eye on how the proposals develop and added: "I'll be interested to see more concrete plans to see the names they are trying to attract."
Developers said the Ashchurch centre will have shops offering clothing, sports and leisure gear and household items.
Alongside it, there would be a garden centre which would be similar to the size of Webbs of Wychbold in Worcestershire.
There would be parking spaces for 2,000 cars.