I have been told that planning consent had been granted to turn it in to a coffee shop, however I am also told that the company that were looking to take over the building is no longer looking at opening in Thornbury.
I have tried to contact the company in question but every attempt to telephone them have failed.
Does anyone know what is happening to the building? I must agree the store looks poor now.
How can this one shop let the High Street down? It's not even the only unit in the High Street that is boarded up. The whole of the town centre is down at heel. In The Plain / Castle Street / High Street there are 10 locations with "To Let" signs (some with multiple units), and there are five more empty units in the St. Mary Centre. It's no wonder that Coffee #1 has lost interest in Thornbury.
To be fair the outside of the shop does look a mess, I think that with it being a large fronted shop having large wooden boards stuck over the entire front does make it an eye sore.
I understand that it has been done for a security & safety point of view but it does look messy.
Other areas of the UK use printed signs to go over the windows that would look much better.
again I understand that it comes down to cost but I am sure that some of the landmark businesses or tourist attractions would consider paying for advertising and it would make the large number of empty buildings look more attractive to buyers.
I also agree that many of the empty shops are being promoted by more than one agent and again this just shows how keen the property owners are to sale / rent the buildings.
it will not happen in Thornbury as they prefer to spend spend spend on flower displays rather preventing the buildings and streets looking messy.
the Thornbury in bloom looks very nice maybe they can hang aload above the former choices shop that way passers by will not notice the dump!