Woody's greengrocers to leave lower High Street for Brewery scheme
REDEVELOPMENT of Cheltenham's High Street is causing difficulties for a popular greengrocer.
Woody's has to leave its shop before the end of the year to allow part of the lower High Street's buildings to be demolished to make way for the expansion of The Brewery.
Shop owner Adrian Wood said the need for a back door to the store means options for new long-term shop locations in Cheltenham are now limited, and expensive.
His shop is for now, is being relocated to between Tesco Express and Wilkinson's but only for two years before it will move again as part of a second phase of The Brewery expansion.
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"We're being priced out of Cheltenham at the moment," said Mr Wood.
"It's going to cost us so much to move our equipment to the new shop it makes it difficult to do for only two years. We have four full-time staff that rely on a living out of the shop at the moment, and that is our primary concern in the short term."
The £20 million regeneration scheme of the High Street aims to boost the area.It will see 100,000 square feet of retail space, a 104 bed hotel, and 34 flats built.
Martin Quantock, Cheltenham business partnership manager, said : "The redevelopment will not only benefit The Brewery, but I really think it will lead to a regeneration of that part of town. It'll have a ripple effect, with bordering businesses benefiting accordingly."
He added : "The consultation on The Brewery extension has been in public for 18 months, so it should come as no surprise to local businesses being affected by the plans."
A spokeswoman for The Brewery development said it is helping some businesses affected by the redevelopment project.
"Some of the tenants are relocating into the new scheme, others have agreed a compensation settlement with the landlord and we understand a small number are relocating elsewhere in the town," she said.