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On 6/8/2019 at 1:40 PM, Bilborough Girl said:

 Does anyone know what the intended outcome of all that construction work is, when it's intended to be finished and if Broad Marsh Centre will ever open again?

 

This is the official Council Propaganda version of what will happen. I'm not convinced it won't turn out to be a massive white elephant.

 

https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/media/456785/broadmarsh-artists-impressions.pdf

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Effectively the Broad Marsh centre blocked off the route to Trent Bridge and I am sure it was a factor in the awful destruction of Arkwright Street. West Brigeford is flourishing and the Trent is a lovely place to be. How stupid was it to close off a perfectly functioning road which was the main route to the river and the football and cricket grounds. Furthermore, I could imagine that Arkwright Street could have been a street of boutique shops and curio places, micro pubs and a delight to walk along. 

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Similar to the Shambles in York, or The Lanes in Brighton !

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18 hours ago, mercurydancer said:

I do miss Sisson and Parker. I recall the beautiful staircase. Second only to the Co Op 

As I recall there was also a beautiful staircase in Griffin and Spalding ( now Debenhams) but it seems to have disappeared.

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30 minutes ago, philmayfield said:

I always got lost in Griffin and Spalding's. Not a shop to easily get out of if there was a fire!

I have always got lost in that shop too, still do and invariably have to ask an assistant where to find different departments so I rarely venture in what is now Debenhams.  The whole interior needs gutting, there are too many steps and sloping creaky floors.  

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Yes, it’s a maze. I’ve not been in for many years. The Lincoln Debenhams is a much better modern store - if it’s still there!

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Given the financial state of Debenhams I doubt they'd spend millions on levelling it out, if they own the building.

If it's owned by others, then Debenhams wouldn't be able to justfiy the massive rent increase.

 

That building will be destined for a few small shops with many luxury flats above it.

 

The 9 flats above Wheeler Gate Sainsbury started from £160k when they were converted. (building not owned by Sainsbury)

There's probably potential for 50 or more .

 

 

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

I always got lost in Griffin and Spalding's. Not a shop to easily get out of if there was a fire!

 

I always had the same problem with Pearsons on Long Row. A lot of small spaces on different levels; holes knocked through walls to connect one old building with another, and a couple of steps up or down; and quite a few departments with no windows or daylight.

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Pearsons were one of my old firm's audit clients back in the 60's. If you thought it was a rabbit warren in the shop you should have seen it backstage! They bought the old AB Gibson premises and it eventually went through to Parliament St.

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Back as far as the 1960s I often had the thought "what if there's a fire" when I was in Griffins! It was such a rabbit warren that people would have a job to find their way out. I was in there a few weeks ago and lo and behold, I STILL couldn't find my way out! Is it a listed building? I have a recollection of being told, or once reading, that the shop consists of a series of wealthy merchants' town houses knocked through to join them up. Certainly, if you stand in the Square and look at the architecture, that could be their origin. It would also explain the higgledy-piggledy interior layout.

 

The buses to Bilborough had their terminus outside Pearsons in the 1970s. It was a lovely shop.

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The 4 Seasons Restaurant in Griffins was the place to go as a 60s teenager.  

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It's had the creaking irregular floorboards as long as I can remember. Everything does seem so scattered I'm afraid.

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The chef from Griffins restaurant was the husband of a friend of my mother's and he made my wedding cake as a gift.

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14 hours ago, Bilborough Girl said:

The buses to Bilborough had their terminus outside Pearsons in the 1970s. It was a lovely shop.

 

This is the 1960s, so almost the same thing.

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Mrs PP worked at Pearsons in the 60's and confirms that the offices were a bit of a warren. She found it an interesting place to work but not as good as Home Breweries. She was a S/H typist- million words a second :biggrin:

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Ask her if she remembers Mrs.Waller, Dot Leverton and Don Whitehead, the company secretary. I think the office manager was called Jackson.

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