Shopkeepers plan to leave town for regenerationBy Becky Barnes
January 25, 2013
Shopkeepers are making plans to move out of the town centre to make way for Bracknell’s regeneration.
While many have already relocated from the Broadway and Crossway units earmarked for demolition, others are looking for options after being given notice to vacate by June 4.
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership has said there will not be room for all the businesses in the new town centre, which means some charity shops and independent businesses may not fit into the regenerated town.
Some shopkeepers have been offered options in Market Street, but many say they cannot afford commercial rents.
Residents have expressed their shock that popular shops such as Bracknell’s ‘Harrods’, also known as New Cut Price Warehouse has been forced to close.
Wokingham Pets, in Crossway, has also announced it will close after it is forced to move out.
Broadway and Crossway will be bulldozed to make way for shops, restaurants and leisure facilities in the northern part of the town.