PMT Music moving from Anglia Square to St Augustine’s in Norwich
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Another new retailer is moving into resurgent St Augustine’s Street in Norwich city centre.
As reported, the historic street is witnessing a “mini-renaissance” as new shops and projects start up in the area.
And the latest business to switch locations is the musical instruments retailer PMT (Professional Music Technology), which is moving from Anglia Square into the former furniture showroom, Wallace Kings, at the corner of Botolph Street and St Augustine’s Street, which closed last year.
PMT manager Mark Hedge said: “We are hoping to open the new store in about eight weeks’ time.
“Some time ago we were served with a letter of intent about the planned Anglia Square redevelopment, which meant that we would have to move out sooner or later, and we had to decide what to do.
“We started to look at this building when signs were put up after its closure, and have now secured the lease.”
The news has been welcomed by community leaders in the street including Stuart McLaren, chairman of St Augustine’s Community Together Residents’ Association, who said: “We very much welcome the imminent arrival of PMT Music to St Augustine’s. This relocation of this prestigious retailer will help cement the mini-renaissance that has been going on here this year.”
Businesses in St Augustine’s are hoping that the street could now rediscover some of its former prosperity, especially if the long-awaited redevelopment of the nearby Anglia Square shopping centre starts soon.
Plans for a major revamp of Anglia Square have been in the pipeline for years, but progress on the facelift has been hampered by the recession.
Developer Centenary Ashcroft secured permission for a multi-million pound regeneration of the 1960s complex in 2008.
But, in January last year, Centenary Ashcroft lodged revised plans for the scheme with Norwich City Council.
The plans include 178 new homes, a public square, new shops, restaurants, cafes and a healthcare centre, while Gildengate House, the office block over the entrance to the car park, will be updated to provide modern offices.
In June last year the revised plans came before the city council’s planning committee, where it was agreed to give the head of planning, in consultation with the committee’s chairman and vice chairman, powers to fine tune and approve the application.
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