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Woods Estate Agents, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Milestone reached as Willow Brook turns ten!

Posted on Saturday 13th October 2018 at 12:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of mayor Robert Jones cutting a ribbon, surrounded by a crowd of onlookers.

As our ‘new town centre’ reaches the tenth anniversary of its opening (today, 13th October), centre manager Andy Wynn reflects on its first decade…Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre.

I think that, on the whole, the local community can be proud of the effect Willow Brook has driven over the last ten years. Whether it is the thousands of people who have, at some point, worked on site, or the awards and accreditations that the team have worked so hard to achieve; or the close working relationship we have developed with local organisations ranging from the local police beat team to Olympus Academy Trust; or from Bradley Stoke Journal to the local hotels that benefit the wider community beyond each of our businesses.

The team here, led by myself for the last four years and Scott Lahive before me, have really placed Willow Brook at the heart of the community, and we are really proud be there. As the centre has matured, we have been able to use our position to promote wider benefits to the community. The jewel in the crown of our community work is the Stars of the Stokes Awards, which have been more successful than we could have imagined when I first began making calls to try and secure sponsorship for our idea three years ago.

Ultimately, and particularly in times of pressure for retail across the UK, I believe that community shopping centres like Willow Brook should operate as more than just somewhere to grab a pint of milk and a coffee. Our kind of centre does not have the budgets of large town or regional centres to blow customers out of the water with money thrown at every aspect of their experience. Centres like Willow Brook exist at the focal point of the community and, in my view, have a duty to act in the interests of the community, both inside and outside their walls, wherever possible.

More: Centre’s ethos is to create a "culture of community" »

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The Works set to open soon at Willow Brook

Posted on Monday 18th June 2018 at 11:51 am by SH (Editor)

The Works: New store opening soon at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Discount retailer The Works looks set to open at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre by the end of June.

A statement placed on the centre’s Facebook page this morning (Monday 18th June) reads:

“We are delighted to announce that The Works will be joining us at Willow Brook. Their shopfitters are hard at work and they expect to be trading by the end of the month.”

Stores in The Works group sell books, toys, gifts, stationery and arts & crafts materials, with over a million products being sold every week (according to the firm’s website).

The new outlet will be housed in the mall unit previously occupied by Vodaphone, which ceased trading on 26th February this year.

‘Mall Unit 1B’ has had a chequered history since the Willow Brook Centre opened in October 2008. It remained vacant until the first tenant, Panasonic UK, began trading in December 2010. The electrical store closed down in mysterious circumstances in February 2013, only to be replaced by Phones 4u in the autumn of that year.

Phones 4u  lasted less than a year before its parent company went into administration in September 2014. The store reopened under the Vodafone banner a few months later.

Image: Photomontage with main image showing shopfitters at work in the unit on 15th June 2018.

UPDATE (22nd June): We have heard that the store is due to open on Friday 29th June (subject to confirmation).

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Bradley Stoke Vodafone store ceases trading

Posted on Monday 5th March 2018 at 10:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the closed Vodafone store.

The Vodafone store at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre has closed down, with effect from the end of business on Monday 26th February.

A Vodafone spokesperson told the Journal:

“We are always looking to expand our presence on the UK high-street. Vodafone has three shops open in Bristol and we have just finished expanding our experience store in Bristol Cribbs Causeway. The Vodafone store staff who previously worked at the Willow Brook Centre branch have been deployed to other local stores that are most convenient for them.”

‘Mall Unit 1B’ has had a chequered history since the Willow Brook Centre opened in October 2008. It remained vacant until the first tenant, Panasonic UK, began trading in December 2010. The electrical store closed down in mysterious circumstances in February 2013, only to be replaced by Phones 4u in the autumn of that year.

Phones 4u  lasted less than a year before its parent company went into administration in September 2014. The store reopened under the Vodafone banner a few months later.

Andy Wynn, Willow Brook Centre manager, commented:

“It is sad news that Vodafone have decided not to renew their lease at Willow Brook. We have started marketing the unit and have a couple of lines of enquiry already, I am confident that the unit will not be empty for long. Every shopping centre has an amount of churn. However, that churn at Willow Brook is far lower than most – we have had one of the highest occupancy rates in the south west for several years.”

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 15). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Willow Brook Centre set to shine at Christmas lights turn-on spectacular

Posted on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on a previous visit to the Willow Brook Centre.

Live music, children’s entertainers, fairground rides and Santa’s grotto will greet shoppers at the live turn-on of the Willow Brook Centre’s Christmas lights.

The festivities will begin at midday on Saturday 18th November, with the big switch-on happening at 5pm.

A Robbie Williams tribute act will entertain the crowds during the afternoon; there will also be music in the mall and town square, courtesy of Bradley Stoke Radio and Jelli Records.

Manager at the Willow Brook Centre, Andy Wynn, said:

“We’re really looking forward to this fun, family day out, where people can enjoy hours of entertainment before our big switch-on. We’ve organised a range of activities for all ages, so there will be plenty for everyone to do.”

Poster advertising the Christmas lights switch-on event.

Characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom will be live on stage at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, as well as at 4.40pm ready for the live switch-on of the lights.

Wandering entertainers will amuse shoppers and there will be a face painter and crafts table for the youngsters.

The elves will open Santa’s grotto from 10am, so boys and girls will be able to step inside to meet Father Christmas.

Andy added:

“Shoppers and guests are more than welcome to stay and enjoy the activities after the big switch-on. We’ve got fairground rides in the town square that will continue into the evening.”

More info: What’s On at the Willow Brook Centre

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