New Shops Coming To The Town Centre

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New Shop Openings In The Town Centre

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maybe we should have a thread for new shop openings?
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I read a snippet saying a shop called "the futon company" was opening on Duke Street.
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Lego
Borders
Selfridges
John Lewis Food Hall
Large Virgin Megastore
New Harris Arcade Like Area
Market

Get rid of mall civic and police,hexagon
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Could do with an Ikea here aswell.
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perhaps worth a mention is the new-ish Reading FC shop in Market Place. It's small but it's good that the football club finally has a shop in the town centre.

As for the wishlist, I think Selfridges is asking a bit much. Lego has recently opened up a few stand-alone shops so we might get one of those. Borders would be superb and I think they'd do ok. Virgin megastore is a decent size and with Fopp and 2 hmv's, there are quite a few record stores.

Areas with more independent shops is the big shortage. Kings Walk is to undergo a refurbishment this year which should hopefully fill that up again - whyever couldn't it have been linked to the Oracle? Harris Arcade has potential - it's mostly full but could do with shouting about itself a little more - adverts, signs etc. Bristol & West arcade looks ropey to me. That leaves Smelly Alley, which seems to be alright despite being defaced by H&M's back door. Hopefully developments on Friar Street might improve that area and also provide more business for Smelly Alley.

As for Ikea, that's almost worthy of another thread. A couple of years ago there was even something in the Chronical from Ikea asking for 'ideas' for locations in the Reading area! As if some reader might write in saying "ooh yes, I've got a few acres of prime development land with good motorway access, would you like it?" !! Ikea are unlikely to arrive anytime soon. But see the other thread on Ilva....
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i knew you would jump on this

lego has been around years in small proportion but are virgin is small and not very good compared to others
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The mall and surrounding area if got rid of and redeveloped could provide new homes and new streets and shops if done properly and all be glued into chatham place

also any news on chatham?


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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by peterson</i>
<br />As for Ikea, that's almost worthy of another thread. A couple of years ago there was even something in the Chronical from Ikea asking for 'ideas' for locations in the Reading area! As if some reader might write in saying "ooh yes, I've got a few acres of prime development land with good motorway access, would you like it?" !! Ikea are unlikely to arrive anytime soon. But see the other thread on Ilva....
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I heard that there we're plans for an Ikea here. Somewhere near Madjeski Stadium apparantly. This was a while back though and nothing ever come of it. I also got a catalogue through my door a few months back , which again made me think that maybe one was planned for Reading. But still nothing. Real shame I think.
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Pravins (posh jewellers) is going to open where Elle was in the Oracle. I don't know what will replace Organicsm which is the other vacant shop in the Oracle at the moment.
Pilot has closed on Broad St and Mountain Sport, or whatever it was called, nearby was closing down. 'Closing down' was also plastered all over Priceless Shoes when I saw it recently. So it looks like there'll be some new shops on Broad Street soon - these are prime locations so I'm sure they won't be empty for long.
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Not very exciting but there's an office supplies store opening in market place soon:
http://www.kinkos.co.uk/resources/news_ ... _item=news

It's the first one for the company outside London.
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about time we updated this...

Shops recently opened that I've noticed:

Broad St:
Pumpkin Patch, Kids Clothes
Tatlas, Womens Clothing
Travel Zone, Luggage

Broad St Mall:
Martins News Agent
Jonathan James, shoes

King Street:
Jacobs Jewellers

I can't think of any others??
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a lot of people must buy food in the station judging by all the food outlets there now. M&S might steal some trade from a few of them.

Jaeger has opened where the Panasonic shop used to be in Kings Walk. Didn't they used to be around there ages ago??
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Yeah Jaeger were there until quite recent !
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Ikea is opening its first town centre store in West London, it will have 250,00 square feet of retail and be built into an apartment complex. Just what is needed opposite the station when Great Western Tower is knocked down. (Take Note John Madjeski)
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yeah, that's a good idea. 250,000 sq ft is big, possibly too big for that site but I'm sure they'll look into it.

When can we expect to see what Mr Mad's company has planned?
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I've heard that developments might not start for another 2 years !
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The RFC shop in Market place has closed. They plan to reopen elsewhere (looking for a larger store in a better location)! I understand they want space so that they sell match tickets.
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Just Add Water has a planning application in the window for the Outdoor group so it looks like business was never too good there. Surprising in some ways as there aren't too many shops offering the same sort of stuff.
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the Just Add Water store on Chain St is being fitted out as Blacks. I don't know if they'll close their other store but I wouldn't have thought they'd want 2 so close together.

Pita has opened this week in Friar St where Puccino's cafe used to be. Has anyone been yet? Looking forward to trying it myself!
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'Silverscreen' has opened in the Oracle in the unit that was recently left by that random gimmick shop. Previously it had been the dicovery store. The new shop only sells DVDs. I remember a similar shop having a brief stay on Broad Street fairly recently. I doubt this one will do an awful lot better
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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by peterson</i>
<br />'Silverscreen' has opened in the Oracle in the unit that was recently left by that random gimmick shop. Previously it had been the dicovery store. The new shop only sells DVDs. I remember a similar shop having a brief stay on Broad Street fairly recently. I doubt this one will do an awful lot better
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It will be hard to beat HMV on the floor below - unless they sell at bargain prices [:)]
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Tough days ahead for DVD retailers...I buy all mine on the internet these days; although Virgin & HMV come close with their special deals.
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Guitarworks, Reading's first specialist guitar store, opens its doors at 11-12 Market Place. 2500 sq ft of retail space dedicated to guitars, amplifiers and accessories.

T 0118 958 9333
www.theguitarworks.co.uk

Good to see some new business moving into Market Place. Hopefully the planned refurb of the area will attract more interest and people.
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Quite a niche market guitars. I assume that they will market widely to ensure they attract buyers from further afield ?
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there is a sign up advertising a new musical instrument megastore where office world used to be round near TGI's - don't know if it's open yet.

Another Subway has opened on Duke St. That's 4 now in Reading.

And King's Walk is under-going a fairly major refurbishment. There was a topic on here a while back about that. But it seems some shops haven't waited to see what difference it'll make. When I walked through this week it was very empty.

A couple of new fashion shops have opened/are about to open in the Oracle. Can't remember the names. But they seem to be messing about with the upper mall. Anyone know what they're up to?
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The music megastore is I think to be a Dawsons, which merged with Modern Music which of course has a branch in Broad St Mall.
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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote">But they seem to be messing about with the upper mall. Anyone know what they're up to?
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Additional seating for cafes/restaurants I think I read on some hoarding a while back . . .
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<br />The Sports Cafe is rumoured to be opening in Reading, site of the former Halfords store in Friar Street.
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Where have you heard this. There's nothing on th Sports Cafe web site about it. Just says they are planning to open new bars in cardiff, Bristol and Croydon Halfords doesn't seem big enough for one of these bars.
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Have I not seen a Sports Cafe on St Mary's Butts? Must be dreaming, again !
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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by johnH</i>
<br />Have I not seen a Sports Cafe on St Mary's Butts? Must be dreaming, again !
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Almost got it right "Cafe Du Sport" [:-boggled]
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