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Disney Store closure sparks search to fill shop vacancy

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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BOSSES at Beechwood Shopping Centre have started the search for a shop to take on the space being vacated by the Disney Store.

The shop will close on Tuesday.

Owen Acland, Beechwood Shopping Centre's manager, right, said: "We are disappointed with the closure. It is still a good brand and it is a great location.

"They have been there for many years, almost since the shopping centre first opened.

"It has become something of a landmark in Cheltenham and it was such a strong brand to be in the town."

The closure of the shop will mean the loss of 15 jobs and unsold stock will be sent to Disney's store in Bristol.

Mr Acland said: "We have been talking to a few new tenants about taking up the store.

"There are a number of people who are interested in it because it is such a good location.

"It is an important part of the shopping centre, and we want somebody significant because it is a prominent location. We are keen to get it filled as soon as possible."

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  • peterpd  |  January 07 2013, 11:14AM

    The Disney store was the second store to occupy this site the original one was a Ladies fashion store called Zoo who had the front part of The store and the back half was Two additional shops Ton sur Ton and Essential. The Disney opened in 1993 two years after the centre opened Peter Wood

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  • AndyPrestbury  |  January 04 2013, 9:35AM

    Sometimes you have to question the management of this shopping centre. On one of the late nights before Christmas Debenhams was open until 9pm, but the carpark only open to 8:30pm. By 8pm the place was empty.

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  • IVW__  |  January 03 2013, 10:41PM

    My understanding is that a new adult shop will be occupying the space called 'Dill Doughs'.

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  • ShorterNews  |  January 03 2013, 7:21PM

    Reduce your rents. Reduce your parking charges. Watch shops and shoppers flood back to the Beechwood. And then if you'd do us the honour of stopping whingeing about empty units in your poxy overpriced arcade....

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  • cheltdav1  |  January 03 2013, 6:28PM

    or how about a £1 shop

  • clairey2010  |  January 03 2013, 5:24PM

    The centre is dying - charge less for parking and watch people come back again. Shops are competing unfairly with free parking in out of town shops

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  • disco2disco  |  January 03 2013, 3:05PM

    That is correct. However the fact that these two are privately owned does not seem to effect the effort of CBC and Martin Quantock to promote both at the expense of the taxpayer. Wish I owned a business where the council have someone who promotes by business for free.

  • SG1970  |  January 03 2013, 1:49PM

    Louise - Both arcades are in private hands (pension investments I would imagine). They will care little about each others performance, and do not answer to the council when it comes to business matters, thankfully.

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  • Louise9099  |  January 03 2013, 12:46PM

    What about the rest of Beechwood, since opening the upstairs units have never been completely occupied. I went in over Christmas and there was only one shop up there (other than the upstairs of Debenhams) I understand the economic climate isn't good, but spending millions on the Regent Arcade when that one is empty doesn't make any sense surely?

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  • InspectorGade  |  January 03 2013, 10:52AM

    How about a fast food, betting or cash-for-gold shop, we don't have any of those in Cheltenham

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