Archive for the ‘New Town Centre’ Category

Discount retailer One Below to open store at Willow Brook

Posted on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 10:38 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of shoppers queuing outside a One Below store.

One Below, a new UK discount shopping brand from the original founders of Poundworld, is to open a store in Bradley Stoke later this month, creating 20 local retail jobs.

The new store is scheduled to open in the former Poundworld unit at the Willow Brook Centre on Friday 27th September, at 10am.

The independent chain claims to be the only discount store in the UK selling everything for £1 or under and it specialises in frequent ‘get it before it’s gone’ one-off deals.

It sells a wide range of well-known brands including Coca Cola, Pedigree, Heinz, Kellogg’s and Cadbury’s.

One Below, which opened its first stores in March 2019, is independently financed by father and son retail entrepreneurs Christopher Edwards (36) and Christopher Edwards Senior. The pair were the original founders of former high street retailer Poundworld Retail Limited before it was sold to American private equity conglomerate, TPG Capital in 2014.

The new venture now has more than 50 stores, with the nearest currently being at Channons Hill Retail Park in Fishponds.

Poundworld entered administration in June 2018 and all its stores were closed by August that year, with the loss of more than 5,000 jobs.

A spokesperson for the new venture said some of the 13 staff members who lost their jobs when the Bradley Stoke Poundworld outlet closed have been taken on at the new One Below store.

Christopher Edwards, managing director of One Below Retail Limited, said:

“We’re delighted to be opening a store at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke. It’s a great location and we’re hoping that the store is going to go down well with shoppers looking for some great deals.”

More: Photo of the former Poundworld store at Willow Brook »

Share this article:

Discussion is open - 5 comments (view) - click here to respond.

UK_Best stuff in your city_468x60

Hospice charity shop now open at Willow Brook

Posted on Friday 6th September 2019 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Chris Judd cutting the ribbon, assisted by store manager Simon George.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) opened its 35th and newest shop in the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke on Friday 16th August.

The new outlet, located in the mall unit previously occupied by former Carphone Warehouse, offers a range of goods, including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and games and homewares.

Every item sold helps the charity to offer vital care and respite to more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

The Bradley Stoke shop is anchored by a small paid team consisting of one full-time manager and three part-time assistant managers. They are supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, currently numbering around 20.

Although there has been a “brilliant” response already, the charity is on the look-out for more local volunteers to help run the new shop.

There’s a variety of tasks that people can do to help make a difference, from processing stock received from donations, to creating window displays, dressing mannequins and processing payments.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering can email volunteer@chsw.org.uk or enquire in the shop.

Stock donations to the new shop are welcome and items can be dropped off during opening hours or alternatively call 01275 866600 to arrange collections of large items.

Opening hours are 9am-6pm Mon-Sat and 10am-4pm Sun.

Photo: Chris Judd (CHSW head of retail) cuts the ribbon, assisted by store manager Simon George (on right, in striped jacket).

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

Share this article:

Discussion is open - be the first to comment - click here to respond.

Children’s Hospice South West to open new charity shop in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 10th August 2019 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the soon-to-open charity shop.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) will be opening the charity’s newest shop in Bradley Stoke at 10.30am on Friday 16th August.

The new outlet, located in the former Carphone Warehouse unit at the Willow Brook Centre, will offer a range of goods, including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and accessories, as well as children’s toys and games and homewares.

Every item sold will help the charity to offer vital care and respite to more than 500 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across the South West.

Shop manager Simon George said:

“I’m really looking forward to the shop opening and being at the heart of the community in Bradley Stoke.”

“We’re delighted to be able to offer some fantastic pre-loved items and give them the chance to be loved again, all while raising money for such a special charity, helping to support our three children’s hospices in North Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

“However you are able to support us in the store, whether that’s shopping with us or by volunteering or dropping off donations, please stop by and say hello, you’ll be assured a very warm welcome.”

CHSW relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions and the ‘whole family’ care provided includes short breaks and respite; specialist palliative care; a sibling service; emergency support, end-of-life care; and bereavement support for as long as is needed.

More: Enthusiastic volunteers sought. Stock donations welcome. »

Share this article:

Discussion is open - 1 comment (view) - click here to respond.

Willow Brook backtracks over speed bumps

Posted on Friday 2nd August 2019 at 10:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a recently fitted speed cushion.

Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre has removed a series of much-criticised full-width speed bumps from its private access road and replaced them with softer ‘island-style’ speed bumps. The move came less than three months after the 50mm-high full-width bumps, widely condemned as being “overly harsh”, were fitted in mid-March.

The U-turn leaves the traffic calming measures on the access road looking much the same as they did prior to March, albeit with two of the island bumps being relocated closer to the zebra crossing in the vicinity of the Tesco petrol filling station.

The full-width bumps had been criticised, not only for the discomfort they caused to vehicle occupants and fears that they might be damaging to vehicle suspension and/or wheel alignment, but also because of the traffic queues that built up due to some drivers slowing almost to a halt to pass over them.

Support for the new measures came from those particularly concerned about the safety of pedestrians using the zebra crossing and some drivers who had experienced oncoming vehicles swerving into the centre of the road to avoid the previous cushion-type bumps.

The issues surrounding the new bumps, in particular their alleged role in causing “congestion on surrounding public roads”, were raised by a town councillor at a committee meeting on 17th April and the town clerk was instructed to write to the Willow Brook Centre management to raise these concerns.

A comprehensive reply from centre manager Andy Wynn was subsequently tabled at the council’s AGM on 15th May. Mr Wynn justified the introduction of the new bumps on road safety grounds and said the style of bump fitted was ‘industry standard’ for a road with a 10mph speed limit. A combination of seasonal factors had led to long tailbacks forming around the centre on the last Saturday in March, but traffic queues seemed to be “reducing week-on-week as more and more people adjust to driving over the bumps at the optimum speed of 8-10mph”.

More:’Gridlock on exit’ incident brought matters to a head »

Share this article:

Discussion is open - 1 comment (view) - click here to respond.

0

Ocean Estate Agents, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.
The Bradley Stoke Journal magazine - your MONTHLY local newspaper.
Bradley Stoke Journal 6 & 11-year anniversary (2019).