It's all go in East Walk as occupiers move in
New occupier activity in East Walk is on the boil today, Wednesday 16thOctober, as Anytime Fitness take on the keys to start their fit out and Quest Ladies Boutique opens its new shop.
Also later this month, on 26thOctober, the centre’s longest serving independent retailer, Abrahams Jewellers, will be opening its door in new larger premises at 7 East Walk.
Shopping Centre Manager, Andrew Lowrey: “It’s great to see all this activity with two of the traders moving to more central locations and Anytime Fitness starting work on the former Waves nightclub. Over recent weeks we’ve noticed a new air of confidence around the centre and we are now struggling to find space for shops that want to open here.
“As a result of our agent/retailer marketing day two months ago we have an impressive list of operators wanting space and are looking at how we can create suitable units. With Abrahams and Quest vacating premises in North Walk we are focusing on how we can make the most of the opportunities there. When Hotcha and Bottelinos open in North Parade in the next few months, there will be a lot of attention on this area.”
Early this morning Anytime Fitness started commenced works in the former nightclub aiming to open in early January after a complete refit. The gym and health club chain already have three local premises – Clifton, Cribbs Causeway and Bradley Stoke. With a worldwide total of 2,310 premises, membership of one gym gives members 24/7 access to the chain anywhere in the world.
Meanwhile Abrahams, having first opened in Yate in 1966, is now moving from North Walk to the former Evans unit at 7 East Walk in the heart of the Centre.
The Shopping Centre will be announcing its Christmas programme very shortly and as Andrew comments: “For the first time in several years we will not be affected by development works so with an improving economy, wider variety of shops and greater confidence we are hoping for a bumper season!”