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Big names hand boost to Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:29 22 April 2015

Anglia Square, Norwich.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Anglia Square, Norwich. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Norwich’s Anglia Square shopping centre has been handed a boost, after two of the biggest names in the complex committed to new leases.

Boots and Iceland have both pledged their future to the 1960s complex, which Threadneedle Investments bought for just over £7.5m just over a year ago.

Paul Hull, store manager at Boots, said: “We are delighted to reaffirm our long-standing commitment to Anglia Square and our desire to continue to serve our loyal customer base in North Norwich.”

And Danny Pond, store manager at Iceland, said: “We are very pleased to recommit to Anglia Square as a worthwhile location, and we look forward to continuing to be of service to all our customers old and new.”

Former Castle Mall boss Eric Kirk, who was appointed centre manager last year, said: “The fact that Anglia Square continues to offer an easy and accessible shopping experience with a good range of shops, a cinema and a large car park, means that our tenants are eager to continue serving the community’s needs.

“After Hollywood Cinema renewed its lease late last year, the centre’s future as a fun destination for the whole family was safeguarded.

“These latest renewals highlight the confidence that retailers have in Anglia Square and underline the role of the centre as a community hub for north Norwich.”

A major revamp of Anglia Square was in the pipeline for years and planning permission was granted. But the square ended up in the hands of the National Asset Management Company – the body created by the Irish government in 2009 in response to the Irish financial crisis. The Chelmsford-based new owners bought it from that agency.

It is understood the planning permission which had been secured will not go forward.

18 comments

  • Obviously a lot of people just don't look at Anglia Square. It has some very interesting features, for one thing the slabs are actually flat, not sinking into the ground like the newer ones just around the corner on St.Augustine's Street, and in many other areas of the city. There is also not just one, but two spiral staircases on the outside of the building, one can be seen in the picture, Very rare in Norwich. There are many other features, but I'll leave you to look for them, and a hint, they are not all bad.

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    COLD

    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

  • I love Anglia square and the shops there. It's better than trying to dodge people in the main city centre. We enjoy going to the cinema too. I'm not fat, 10st 7lb so slightly overweight but only a size 12. I don't drink, smoke or have any tattoos. I have however had to use the food bank due to personal reasons. But please don't tar everyone with the same brush. It would be nice to see anglia square done up and redeveloped but at what cost and inconvenience to the local people and traders?

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    local lass

    Friday, April 24, 2015

  • Obviously I'm in the minority, probably crazy, but I'm very fond of Anglia Sware, and I am very glad it is not to be torn down and "redeveloped" I utterly loath the claustrophobic "Malls", with their horrible fake air. Sure, Jonno, your picture does show it's true awfulness, but why would the Council not allow some wall-art there? Other towns do it. Some of those graffiti boys are so talented. I love the areas they've brightened up.

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    catharthis

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • Everytime I go near that place I feel so dirty... Reminds me of Great Yarmouth. Which in my view is a run down s**thole.

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    Screech

    Thursday, April 23, 2015

  • I heard the big names were Hollywood stars looking for suitable film sets - let's face it this would make a great zombie film set or post apocalypse back drop. Can't wait for the blockbuster explosions raising the disgrace to the ground.

    Let the show begin

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    Jonno65

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • I was hoping that one of the big names would be Fincham Demolition.

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    Tone the moan

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • sanatised s***hole

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    john131

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • The Anglia square complex or "Angla sware" to the locals is full of asbestos to demolish would a very large feat of engineering, it would also probably involve moving many residents out and massive amounts of works traffic. Some people think there is no asbestos present as this paper said so, some people sadly also believe the Army careers office was shot with an airgun as well, also sadly because they believe the mostly made up or totally distorted press.

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    mr t.hill

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • The Anglia square complex or "Angla sware" to the locals is full of asbestos to demolish would a very large feat of engineering, it would also probably involve moving many residents out and massive amounts of works traffic. Some people think there is no asbestos present as this paper said so, some people sadly also believe the Army careers office was shot with an airgun as well, also sadly because they believe the mostly made up or totally distorted press spat out by the arch liars, Archant.

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    mr t.hill

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • It was always a ghastly development, with fat,wheezing proles lumbering about, fag in gob and mind in neutral. Nowadays, it's full of Mittel Europeans and unsavoury types from all over the world....yes, people from Ipswich too! Follow advice from the learned gentleman above: blow it up!

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    robert forsythe

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Summed up nicely Steve Bramley

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • So signing of new leases mean absolutely sod all is going to happen to Anglia Square, it's a dump and the best thing for it is something called demolition. Councils should have more powers, instead it seems companies buy the site do nothing, sell the site years later, new owners again do nothing. The new owners should be fined, but why do that when the land is just an investment for them at a later date.

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    Simon Bramley

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • The last sentence of the article says it all really. there will be no major re development of Anglia Square. What happened to the grand plans proposed a few years ago? Such a shame!

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    Tony

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • @blister - thanks for your balanced, rational and thoughtful contribution. you kippers have to try and turn every story into a party political broadcast don't you? It's desperate and embarrassing, how very, very sad.

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    rushallchap

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • I've never been there but it sounds nice. How far is it from the Golden Triangle ?

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    Mikado Kember

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Feel sorry for the shopkeepers really, the area is full of overweight people who use food banks because they have spent all their benefit money on tattoos, fags and booze and are probably all waiting for the next Labour government to be elected so that they might get more benefit money to spend on a bad diet and their 60 a day cigarette habit

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    blister

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Anglia square management recently hired a pest control firm to trap and shoot pigeons in the complex, their last visit netted over 300 birds in one early morning session, most were shot with air rifles, neither the Evening news or the management at the square made this fact available, the dead and wounded birds that were not retrieved did though.

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    mr t.hill

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • As long my dear old mum and I can continue to feed the pigeons, that's all that really matters to me. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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