Knees move is prime opportunity to freshen Trowbridge centre, says property expert

This Is Wiltshire: Colin Scragg of Carter Jonas Colin Scragg of Carter Jonas

Property consultant Carter Jonas believe the right tenant at HJ Knee could complement the regeneration of Trowbridge.

Colin Scraga partner at the company, based in Bath, thinks the opportunity to modernise the Knees sites could benefit the town, which has recently welcomed a new £17m cinema complex and a new civic centre, while plans are also in place to develop the former Bowyers factory.

The company is not involved with finding future occupants for the department store or the electrical shop, in Fore Street, but Mr Scragg said there were a variety of options available.

He said: “Knees’ decision to move out of Trowbridge town centre releases a significant parcel of prime located property.

“While many will bemoan Knees’ loss from the town centre, there is clearly a huge opportunity to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment within the centre of our county town.

“The site could potentially become mixed use.

“With a combination of retail, residential and commercial there could be options to replace the existing department store in Fore Street or refurbish the building and let it to a major retailer or create a variety of retail unit sizes.”

Carter Jonas feels that due to the new developments in Trowbridge, many businesses would be interested in coming to the town and taking over Knees’ premises.

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4:52pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Blanche Terraine says...

Scragg ends knee worries.
Scragg ends knee worries. Blanche Terraine

6:37pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Room101 says...

Does Trowbridge revolve around Knees. With all the coverage they don't have to pay anything for advertising. What will happen, will it all be knocked down and rebuilt. You can only bring in new businesses before it starts to affect other businesses.
Does Trowbridge revolve around Knees. With all the coverage they don't have to pay anything for advertising. What will happen, will it all be knocked down and rebuilt. You can only bring in new businesses before it starts to affect other businesses. Room101

5:34am Mon 23 Dec 13

moonrakin wurzel says...

The arithmetic of doing retail in the town centre obviously doesn't add up for Knees - they own the property too I have no doubt.- which means their costs are below any of the national chains that might aspire to Trowbridge high street.

Yeah - they might have been selling the wrong stuff at the wrong price but looking sensibly at it - retail is about footfall - no punters = no sales - it's a simply as that. A short stroll around the town will show that the vast majority of activity is at The Shires and the Spitfire retail park, Tesco and Sainsbury - I don't suppose any of the geniuses on the council have figured why that might be? ooh yeah they have - they want to tax it!

The "regeneration" of the town centre simply will not happen unless people come and the insane, greedy short sighted policies of the council are reversed and the present utterly woeful parking provision is enhanced significantly..

Expect more council taxpayer funded vinyl shop windows, demands for money from idiot councilors and lame excuses. .. "Transforming Trowbridge" what a joke.
The arithmetic of doing retail in the town centre obviously doesn't add up for Knees - they own the property too I have no doubt.- which means their costs are below any of the national chains that might aspire to Trowbridge high street. Yeah - they might have been selling the wrong stuff at the wrong price but looking sensibly at it - retail is about footfall - no punters = no sales - it's a simply as that. A short stroll around the town will show that the vast majority of activity is at The Shires and the Spitfire retail park, Tesco and Sainsbury - I don't suppose any of the geniuses on the council have figured why that might be? ooh yeah they have - they want to tax it! The "regeneration" of the town centre simply will not happen unless people come and the insane, greedy short sighted policies of the council are reversed and the present utterly woeful parking provision is enhanced significantly.. Expect more council taxpayer funded vinyl shop windows, demands for money from idiot councilors and lame excuses. .. "Transforming Trowbridge" what a joke. moonrakin wurzel

7:00am Mon 23 Dec 13

Blanche Terraine says...

The Council is responsible for economic development and regeneration yet fails at the first hurdle by imposing high car parking fees. Yet if they did not, others would have to make up the shortfall in the council budget, and that would include people who cannot afford a car. Why should they subsidise those who do? The betting shops, the coffee shops, the pay-day loan shops and the charity shops all do good business. The character of town centres is changing. Internet shopping must have a big influence on that. You can't get a cup of coffee on the internet. What's more, the poor provision of public conveniences in Trowbridge has effectively been remedied by all those coffee shops, although it is an expensive way to 'spend a penny'.
The Council is responsible for economic development and regeneration yet fails at the first hurdle by imposing high car parking fees. Yet if they did not, others would have to make up the shortfall in the council budget, and that would include people who cannot afford a car. Why should they subsidise those who do? The betting shops, the coffee shops, the pay-day loan shops and the charity shops all do good business. The character of town centres is changing. Internet shopping must have a big influence on that. You can't get a cup of coffee on the internet. What's more, the poor provision of public conveniences in Trowbridge has effectively been remedied by all those coffee shops, although it is an expensive way to 'spend a penny'. Blanche Terraine

4:00pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Toomuch says...

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, Toomuch

4:01pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Toomuch says...

What we need is a company to take on the shop such as Primark?
What we need is a company to take on the shop such as Primark? Toomuch

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