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Plans to split former TJ Hughes store into retail and coffee shop
11:36am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
KIDDERMINSTER’S former TJ Hughes store which has lay empty for two years is set to be reopened under plans to split the building into a retail store and coffee shop.
Cougar (Midlands) Limited wants to separate the ground floor of the High Street store into two units.
The larger unit would be retained as a retail store while the smaller one would be turned into a coffee shop.
The firm has been unable to find a retailer to take over the whole store since it closed down in August 2011.
Bosses hope by splitting the site they will be able to attract potential tenants to the store and a coffee shop firm has already shown interest.
Some 37 people were left jobless when the department store shut its doors after a bid to find a buyer failed.
The Liverpool-based company plunged into administration in June 2011 due to reduced consumer spending and increased competition.
It is hoped the plans, which have been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council, will allow the empty shop to be a part of the town centre again.
The planning statement said: “The former TJ Hughes store is located in a prominent position on the Bull Ring roundabout at the head of Vicar Street.
“The vacant building is currently an eyesore and gives a poor first impression to visitors to the town centre.”
It added: “The proposal will enable the vacant unit to contribute to the vitality of the town centre once again.
“The ground floor of the former TJ Hughes building is in a highly prominent location at the gateway of Kidderminster town centre from the Bull Ring.
"The application proposal will bring the vacant unit back into active use.”
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