C&A’s closure will not
affect the re-development of the Lower Precinct, according to council
officers involved with the £38 million scheme.
Work has already started on
improving the shop units in the run-down part of Coventry city centre.
Part of the shopping area will
be covered, and there will be a new walkway through to Coventry Retail
At the bottom of the Precinct
a new store next to C&A was to be constructed and taken on by TJ
These two big names, along
with fashion chain Hennes were to be a big draw to the new area.
But today’s announcement of
the closure of the store means that there will be an empty unit to
Development Surveyor Sue Ashby
of Coventry City Council, said the closure of C&A would not cast a
shadow over the changes.
She said what happened with
the store in the short-term would be up to C&A bosses, but the
lease will shortly transfer to Scottish Life.
And C&A’s departure
could provide a platform to entice another big High Street name to the
Ms Ashby said:
“The scheme is
well-anchored by the pre-letting. It means there will be another
ideal opportunity for another store to come in and be a major player
in the development."