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Bedford's Town Centre

Bedford Town Centre is currently busy with store fit-outs in full flow. Take a walk along Midland Road, Silver Street, and onto Castle Lane and you will see hoarding up and workmen busy fitting out retail units for new occupiers.

 

The empty shop unit on the entrance to the Harpur Centre is being fitted out for Specsavers who are relocating from further down Midland Road to this more prominent position; across the road builders are busy working on the former Woolworths store for Next and Iceland to move in by Christmas 2011.

 

Over on Castle Lane in the Cultural Quarter, one of the restaurant units is being fitted out to become ‘Spaghetti John’s’, an Italian restaurant set to add to the vibe that is developing in this quarter.

 

On the top of Silver Street corner, where it meets the High Street, the former Bedford Photo Centre is to become a ‘Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe’; opening on Thursday 26th May, it is part of a franchise which also sells sweets suitable for diabetics within its stores. Its bestsellers include toffee logs and the ‘Mega Sour Black Death’ which is termed as the shop’s ‘ultimate mega sour sweet’, only for the brave!           

 

Next door to Mr Simms, 58b (previously an opticians) is under offer by a potential occupier and the excellently positioned former Evans store on the corner is available to lease. Around the corner on the High Street, the former Early Learning Centre is also under offer and the former Pizza Hut will be looking for a new tenant once the YMCA’s lease expires shortly.

 

Longstanding presence Marks and Spencer’s is also investing in the town centre, with the launch event for its newly refurbished Midland Road/Harpur Street store taking place this week

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “All of us who care about our town centre will be pleased to see stores being occupied and existing retailers improving and investing in their Bedford premises.  As stores are filled, further interest is attracted to nearby units, as we have seen at Castle Quay, and so it’s very encouraging to see more and more activity in town.

 

We will continue to work to support the town centre to thrive, and are pushing forward the Riverside North development. A selection jury is set to meet very shortly to choose a preferred developer who will draw up plans in consultation with residents which will create an exciting new development linking the town centre with the riverside.”

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