THE Marshes Shopping Centre has unveiled plans that could potentially tempt a big name retailer to an currently unused space in the centre. The collapse of HMV earlier in the year has left a large hole at the shopping centre, both in a literal and figurative sense, and now management are hoping to lure a big name brand by combining the floor space of three units into one.
“Like all good business should be doing, we are looking at all the options for attracting a new retailer into our centre,” says manager of the Marshes, Harry Traynor.
“With our recent planning application we are giving ourselves the options of combining the floor space of three units, possibly into one large unit; or on the other hand we could turn those spaces into four evenly spaced units.”
The new unit, should it comprise of the three pre-existing units, would have total area of 625m2.
“What we are doing is unlocking the potential of the site,” says Mr Traynor.
According to the planning application submitted by the Marshes Shopping Centre Ltd: “Permission for proposed development comprises the amalgamation of Units 29, 30 and 31 to form one unit of area 625m² at ground level and the extension of the existing mezzanine floor level over unit 29 part of unit 30 & part of unit 31 (total 405m²) to provide retail, storage and ancillary accommodation and change of use of existing mezzanine floor area (255m²) from office, storage and ancillary accommodation to retail, office, storage and ancillary accommodation. The overall gross floor area of the revised mezzanine floor level is 660m².
Meanwhile, the paraphernalia of the HMV tenancy at the Marshes still remains.
“All the stock has been cleared from the store but what remains is what I would term as shop infrastructure. When we are given the go ahead from the receiver we will dispose of it.”