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Old February 26th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #5401
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Completely agree reiss, I've always thought the old music zone unit across the road in martineau place would be ideal for them
Except that that's been home to Model Zone for a couple of years now? Maybe they could expand and have the old H&M instead...? Wishful thinking!

I think they'd be well suited to one of the Bullring Link stores, possibly ditching their current tiny outlet in Pallasades too.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 10:16 AM   #5402
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Ahh I thought model zone was further up nearer to cyber candy! I hardly get chance to go town and when I do don't go around that way.

Pavillions ex Aston villa shop could be a good unit for them too
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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:08 PM   #5403
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Both apps for a plant room have been approved, along with the signage apps and a app to remove the central stairs which were approved last year, Morrisions now have full permission to open up M Local format store in the former Habitat unit, which closed in 2009 I think?

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Old February 27th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #5404
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Both apps for a plant room have been approved, along with the signage apps and a app to remove the central stairs which were approved last year, Morrisions now have full permission to open up M Local format store in the former Habitat unit, which closed in 2009 I think?


This M Local should get its deliveries from new Five Ways store, so it may not open till that one has.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:32 PM   #5405
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chance some Peacocks that have closed will re open

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Peacocks buyer could save 75 more stores

By Jon Whiteaker - 11:03AM - Mon 27th February 2012

Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM), which last week acquired Peacocks, is considering re-opening dozens of it’s new asset’s closed stores.

As many as 388 Peacocks stores were saved when EWM bought the company out of administration, but a further 224 of its shops closed and more than 3,000 jobs were lost in one of the biggest loses to the high street in several years.

According to a report from The Sunday Times yesterday however, as many as 75 of Peacock’s former outlets which were not part of the original deal could yet be saved by EWM.

Negotiations with landlords are being conducted by EWM in an attempt to improve rental terms for the stores in question..

Philip Day, owner of EWM, told The Sunday Times: “A lot of the 224 stores that closed were blindingly unprofitable so we don’t want to re-open those, but if we get the right sort of deals we could re-open 75 of them.

“We will look to go to monthly rents and get a rent reduction. If we can get new lease deals we’ll try to re-open those shops.”

EWM is privately owned by Day and operates more than 1,200 shops across the UK under several different fascias, including the Jane Norman stores it bought out of administration last year.

Along with trying to save additional stores from the former Peacocks portfolio, Day is also interested in re-hiring many of those made redundant as a consequence of the administration process at the clothing retailer’s head office.

“We need to rebuild the team,” Day said.

“I would like to save as many jobs as I can – the economic situation is bad enough and we could do without more people going on the dole.”
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #5406
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A 36,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme in Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield is aiming to transform the town.

The large anchor unit at the development, known as Mulberry Walk, is under offer to a "high-class" food retailer, and three further units totalling 7,720 sq ft are also under offer.

Serious interest is also being shown from national restaurant operators and "high-class" retailers in a number of the remaining units, the letting agent said.

A full planning application will shortly be submitted leading to a start on site.

The development will comprise of 11 units in total on the corner of Lichfield Road and Mere Green Road, with on-site car parking to the rear.

"Following the demise of the previous owners it is pleasing to see the positive response from occupiers to the scheme which has been reworked to be relevant to today's market place.," said John Rowley of Rowley Hughes Thompson, the sole letting agent for Mulberry Walk.

"Remaining units range from 1,047 sq ft to 13,728 sq ft, which has meant that the scheme has been of interest to a number of different occupiers."

Michael Cunningham of Cordatus, advising on behalf of the current owners, added: "Our agents and architects have worked hard to produce a scheme that befits such a high-profile position in the heart of Mere Green.

"The mix of food, retail and leisure units will help to reinvigorate such an affluent commuter area where there is currently very little choice locally."
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:58 PM   #5407
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I wonder if thats what K4 are working on, Bob said he was in the progress of doing some stuff for Mere Green on Twitter
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Old February 27th, 2012, 11:20 PM   #5408
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Wouldn't be a bad shout. The previous proposal was designed by Kinetic AIU, Ghosh's previous practice.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #5409
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I have noticed in Bull Street that work is going on behind the hoardings of a unit between the games arcade and a betting shop. What intrigued me was that there is an advertisement/store map for the Great Western Arcade on the hoardings.

I may be barking up the wrong tree but I do remember a very, very long time ago that there was talk about a possible new entrance to the arcade from Bull Street. I have tried searching but have come up with nothing so far but I am curious if this is to do with a new entrance - especially with the imminent arrival of a brand new Metro stop here?

Or I could be totally wrong and it is about to become another betting shop or payday loan shop!
That's an interesting point Jon - the idea of opening up GWA to Bull St would be a good way for more footfall.
You're also maybe thinking of that walkway that used to come off the North Western Arcade halfway down, opposite the House of Fraser entrance.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #5410
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News from EGI, yet another supermarket

Plans in for £50m Brum scheme
Lisa Pilkington 22/02/2012 16:08


A&J Mucklow and Helical Retail have submitted an outline planning application to transform 33 acres in Birmingham's city centre.

The duo are planning a £50m mixed-use development in the Tyseley area of the city, which will include housing, industrial space, a 71,600 sq ft Asda supermarket and a 70,000 sq ft retail park, alongside highway improvements.

Helical Retail acquired a 13-acre site in Reddings Lane in the Tyseley area last September, on which the supermarket and retail park are proposed. The site forms part of a wider regeneration of the area, where Mucklow is building an industrial scheme next to a 5-acre residential development
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Old February 28th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #5411
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Was in Pallasades today, the Gold Centre and watch repair shop next to it have closed ( the ones that were next to the former Poundland) Now that half of Pallasades is out of use. I take it they will be reconfiguring them units for when John Lewis comes.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #5412
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Plans in for £50m Brum scheme
Lisa Pilkington 22/02/2012 16:08


A&J Mucklow and Helical Retail have submitted an outline planning application to transform 33 acres in Birmingham's city centre.

The duo are planning a £50m mixed-use development in the Tyseley area of the city, which will include housing, industrial space, a 71,600 sq ft Asda supermarket and a 70,000 sq ft retail park, alongside highway improvements.

Helical Retail acquired a 13-acre site in Reddings Lane in the Tyseley area last September, on which the supermarket and retail park are proposed. The site forms part of a wider regeneration of the area, where Mucklow is building an industrial scheme next to a 5-acre residential development
I don't think Tyseley could be any further from the city centre!

Lisa's usually on the ball as well! Tut tut!
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Old February 29th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #5413
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Two for Sutton Coldfield

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New fine dining Indian restaurant for Sutton Coldfield
by Cillian OBrien, Birmingham Post Feb 29 2012

Work has started on a new fine dining Indian restaurant and cocktail bar in Sutton Coldfield.

Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Dining, Lichfield Road, Mere Green, is to open its doors in April on the site of former restaurant Pier 39, with the creation of 15 jobs.

Business partners are to spend £50,000 on the new venue and the menu will mostly feature North Indian cuisine.

Sadiq Zaman, partner at Bhujon, said: “I’ve been wanting to open my own restaurant for many years now.

“I have saved long and also built-up a wealth of knowledge through many different Indian restaurants that I’ve worked for across Birmingham.

“This eye opening career has enabled me to understand the ingredients required to bring fine dining to Indian cuisine.

“I appreciate the elements that make a restaurant and have employed the support of renowned chefs, bar staff and floor staff.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #5414
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and....

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Mere Green £50 million redevelopment plan to be resurrected
by Nick McCarthy, Birmingham Mail Feb 29 2012


£50 million redevelopment plan for Mere Green

THE £50 million redevelopment of a Birmingham suburb has been revived – three years after the owners collapsed with crippling debts.

Plans to overhaul Mere Green, much of which has lain empty since 2007, will be submitted on behalf of new owners by May.

If approved the work could start by the beginning of next year and the new centre could be opened at the start of 2014.

Most of the shops at the Sutton Coldfield shopping centre have been boarded up since Spring Urban Regeneration’s parent company, Castlemore Securities, went into administration in February 2009.

Spring bought the three-acre site for around £11 million in 2006 from Sutton Coldfield Municipal Charities.

The developer had already secured planning permission for 152 apartments along with restaurants, shops and parking for 226 cars.

The new development will not include apartments, but will feature 11 retail and leisure units on the corner of Lichfield Road and Mere Green Road, with on-site car parking.

A “high class” food retailer has made an offer on the largest unit in the proposed Mulberry Walk development. Agents also confirmed there were three offers from other “high-class” retailers and interest from national restaurant operators.

“Following the demise of the previous owners it is pleasing to see the positive response from occupiers to the scheme which has been reworked to be relevant to today’s market place,” said John Rowley of Rowley Hughes Thompson, the sole letting agent for Mulberry Walk.

“Remaining units range from 1,047 square feet to 13,728 square feet, which has meant the scheme has been of interest to a number of different occupiers.”

Terry Holland, chairman of the Mere Green Neighbourhood Forum, said: “We are not aware of the plans, but the way the site has been left is disgusting.

“We are very unhappy with the way things are at the moment and anxious that something is done.

“We will look carefully at whatever is submitted but welcome the progress.”

Michael Cunningham, of Cordatus, advising on behalf of the current owners, added: “Our agents and architects have worked hard to produce a scheme that befits such a high-profile position in the heart of Mere Green.

“The mix of food, retail and leisure units will help to reinvigorate such an affluent commuter area where there is currently very little choice locally.”
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Old February 29th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #5415
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Loungers chooses Bournemouth for 22nd site
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Tuesday 28 February 2012 16:15

Restaurant/café/bar group Loungers has opened its 22nd site, and the 19th under its Lounge format, in Westbourne, Bournemouth.

The new site, Circo Lounge, is the second opening in Bournemouth this year, coming four weeks after the opening of Conto Lounge in Winton. Ludo Lounge, in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth, opened in July 2010.

The new site, previously a newsagents with living accommodation to the rear, can cater for 80 covers indoors, with a 50-cover terrace to the rear.

Managing director Alex Reilley said: "We're really excited about the opening of Circo Lounge. It's a very quirky site and we've introduced some new design aspects, including exposing the original tongue-and-groove ceiling and keeping the old tobacco-stained wallpaper in what used to be the living room and dining room behind the newsagents. Bournemouth has been an extremely good town for us so far and Westbourne has been the most mentioned area of Bournemouth when people have said where they thought we should open."

Loungers has plans to open two more Lounges in the coming months, including Modelo Lounge in Hove, which should open in late April, and Verdo Lounge in Wylde Green, Birmingham, which should open in late May. The group are also hopeful of obtaining planning consent on a property in Christchurch, which is earmarked to be a "Lounge".

The group has also secured a further two sites for its Cosy Club format in Cardiff and Salisbury.

Contracts have been exchanged on a 7,300sq ft Cosy Club unit in St David's 2 shopping centre in Cardiff, which will be the largest Cosy Club to date, and planning consent has been obtained and contracts exchanged on a 6,000sq ft Cosy Club site in Salisbury.

The group remains on target to be operating 28 sites by the end of 2012.
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Old February 29th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #5416
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[QUOTE=sefton66;89012313]and....


mere-green-50-million-redevelopment-plan-to-be-resurrected

Glad something is happening here but from the renders I see a project that could be built for about £5 million, is there something behind the frontage we're missing or is the £50million a Birmingham Post misprint?
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Old February 29th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #5417
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I think the £50m price tag is probably from the original plans for the appartments aswel, Itll be more than £5m
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Great new Independent menswear / jean shop opened in Great Western Arcade called The Liquor Store - check it out.
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Old March 1st, 2012, 07:14 PM   #5419
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Looks like Aston Transport museum will be turned into a market stall building

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Proposal Change of use from Museum (use class D1) to Retail (use class A1)
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Nisbets opening in the floors2go on Bristol Street

It's a catering service
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