town centre is booming so much there is no virtually no room for new
retailers to move in.
are enjoying record business, the number of visitors is up every
month, and there are only six empty shops in the whole town centre.
And there are more shops on the way.
Richter, town centre manager, said he would not even be able to find
room for a much-requested department store - there just is not the
while other towns in Warwickshire fear the arrival of new shopping
centres at Leamington, Banbury, Solihull and the Arena 2001
development in north Coventry, he feels Rugby should weather the storm
and remain unaffected.
think the people of Rugby do not want to see their town as a
Coventry or Leicester, we do not want to be like them.
are a town with a cafe society with up-market and independent niche
stores. The town is doing very well, and there is virtually no
do have High Street names like Boots and Next and Marks and Spencer,
but we have more of the smaller independent shops.
are seeing profits up month-by-month and yearly rises of six per
cent - and footfall [the amount of people in town] is up three per
have to say at this time that demand is outstripping supply – the
number of empty shops stands at 1.88 per cent – only six shop
as Rugby grows – with a development of thousands of up-market homes
going up at Cawston Grange – the demand for shops will increase.
population now stands at 92,500 and within three years it should go
is a magic figure as far as retailers are concerned and that is when
they start to take notice and we will point them towards the Chapel
rundown area between the library and the Co-op has been an eyesore
since the 1960s as different redevelopment plans have come and gone.
political power in the town hall swinging from Labour to Tory and back
again, all parties have promised they could sort it out, but little
has been achieved. The latest timetable should see new plans decided
before the end of the year.
the council is working with the Co-op, which it has shunned in the
past, but many Rugby residents fear work will never begin, and rumours
come and go about which anchor store will be attracted to the scheme.
there are more shops and entertainment plans now well under way - less
than a mile north of the town centre.
new development, between Tesco and the Avon Mill roundabout, is being
built and will open in phases over the coming months.
will house a new Boots store and a McDonalds. It will also have a
nine-screen cinema, restoring a dedicated picture house to the town
after 25 years.
council wants the area to have only ‘out-of-town’ stores that
should not hit town centre trading.
north, by the M6, work has started on a new national HQ for the Gap
clothing chain, and Mr Richter believes they will also open a store in
the town, even though there is no room at present. The firm will
probably have to wait until the Chapel Street development is underway.
The borough council this
week announced it is to allow commercial companies to rent parts of
the town centre, and will use the money that raises to pay for street
entertainment and theatre for the benefit of residents and traders.