Developers £8m plan to make pub a superstore

Andrew Watton by The Market Tavern

Andrew Watton by The Market Tavern

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Will Mata SNJ by , Reporter

PLANS have been announced for a new £8 million redevelopment to Stroud’s Union Street, for a supermarket and an extended market square.

London developer Set Minds is planning to convert the Market Tavern pub, formally known as the Pelican, which closed earlier this year. Set Minds already owns the nearby Cornhill Shopping centre.

The Cornhill area would be completely transformed under the plan. The ground floor of the pub would be extended back and moved underneath the overhanging market square and converted into the supermarkets food section. The food court, covering a space of 26,000 sq feet, would be a similar size to the nearby Waitrose.

The market square would then be extended forward to form a level surface on top of the supermarket’s ground floor. The pub's first floor would be converted and extended into a 14,000 sq foot space, where non-food items, such as clothing and household goods would be sold.

The name of the supermarket chain is yet to be confirmed, but the site could lead to the expansion of the Cornhill Market Square by 50 per cent. Property agency Montgomery Watton reassured shoppers this week that the new development will help, rather than threaten the weekly Stroud Farmers’ Market.

Despite the new plans being the fourth major supermarket proposal in Stroud, agency principle Andrew Watton said: “This is a much needed, real town centre supermarket.

“The design and character of the store will be developed in line with the wishes of Stroud” he said.

The decision on which of the three other proposed Stroud supermarkets will be successful will be made at a district council meeting on Thursday, July 24.

Planning applications for the Union Street development have not yet been submitted. The public will have the chance to voice opinion during public consultation exercises. He also said: "A website would be set-up for people to give their views as part of an ongoing discussion forum.

“It will be designed to take advantage of the Brunel Mall car park, which is at present under-used during the week. The new supermarket should be seen as a landmark building" said Mr Watton. Stroud Farmer’s Market operator Gerb Gerbrands said: “I have a good relationship with the owners of the Cornhill Shopping Area. I have no doubt that the work they are going to do will not disrupt the farmers market.

“However, a supermarket in the town centre will be a challenge for independent businesses and retailers in the town."

Ray Hill, manager of Sunshine Health Shop, Church Street, Stroud, said the idea of another new supermarket was “ridiculous”.

“I have experience of how these things work- we were here when the first Tesco opened and we lost 10 per cent of our business. Next was the Waitrose, and 10 per cent also went. When the Sainsbury’s opened five per cent was lost. We always lose business initially, but get it back over a period of time.

“I’ll lose a bit, but time will tell whether it will force me to close down” said Mr Hill.

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7:34pm Sat 12 Jul 14

kjag23 says...

Sounds like an M&S.
As stated, Waitrose is literally a five minutes walk away.
I'd love for it to be another friendly pub, maybe back the the Pelican days, but without all that fighting...
Sounds like an M&S. As stated, Waitrose is literally a five minutes walk away. I'd love for it to be another friendly pub, maybe back the the Pelican days, but without all that fighting... kjag23
  • Score: 3

12:06pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Nimue Brown says...

I recall there used to be a little theatre space on the back of that pub - we need community spaces and venues for a lively town centre. We really don't need yet another supermarket. Extending the space for the farmer's market is not without charm, but if this is the price tag... it's not worth our paying it. Supermarkets do not make for vibrant town centres or a strong local economy. Independent shops do.
I recall there used to be a little theatre space on the back of that pub - we need community spaces and venues for a lively town centre. We really don't need yet another supermarket. Extending the space for the farmer's market is not without charm, but if this is the price tag... it's not worth our paying it. Supermarkets do not make for vibrant town centres or a strong local economy. Independent shops do. Nimue Brown
  • Score: 5

4:40pm Sun 13 Jul 14

Nicole.local.girl says...

Why does a small town need more than 5 supermarkets when I lived in a city we didn't have that meny. Can't this space be used in a more productive way. You all moan about the youth being on on the streets causing problems ect it was the same when I was one of those youths there isn't much out there for them to do they are too younger to be in a pub and too old to be in a part or use the space as an open space for the town users to use. Just not a supermarket or and even better plan turn it into primark lol!
Why does a small town need more than 5 supermarkets when I lived in a city we didn't have that meny. Can't this space be used in a more productive way. You all moan about the youth being on on the streets causing problems ect it was the same when I was one of those youths there isn't much out there for them to do they are too younger to be in a pub and too old to be in a part or use the space as an open space for the town users to use. Just not a supermarket or and even better plan turn it into primark lol! Nicole.local.girl
  • Score: 4

12:18pm Tue 15 Jul 14

K D Cranston says...

The last thing Stroud needs is another supermarket. Anyone who thanks that it will not harm the Town Centre traders is deluding themselves. This would be direct competition that could cut its prices for a while to finish off the vulnerable businesses in town and then once the competition has gone back up go the prices.
The last thing Stroud needs is another supermarket. Anyone who thanks that it will not harm the Town Centre traders is deluding themselves. This would be direct competition that could cut its prices for a while to finish off the vulnerable businesses in town and then once the competition has gone back up go the prices. K D Cranston
  • Score: 4

6:13pm Tue 15 Jul 14

BigBoy22 says...

Whilst I hate to see plans for yet another supermarket, having it in the town centre and using existing parking space is far more preferable than the proposed out of town ones which will only mean less footfall in the town centre and more traffic clogging our tiny roads.
Whilst I hate to see plans for yet another supermarket, having it in the town centre and using existing parking space is far more preferable than the proposed out of town ones which will only mean less footfall in the town centre and more traffic clogging our tiny roads. BigBoy22
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