Norwich's former city centre Toys R Us site could finally be filled after standing empty for five years.

Home Bargains is planning to open a new store in the unit on the Cathedral Retail Park, in Westwick Street, as well as the former Peacocks store next-door.

The retailer intends to merge the two together and refurbish the interiors, which it says are in "poor condition".

It comes after rumours in 2021 suggested the defunct toy giant could be set for a return to the Fine City after it relaunched in Australia.

Norwich Evening News: Home Bargains is plotting a move to the Cathedral Retail Park in NorwichHome Bargains is plotting a move to the Cathedral Retail Park in Norwich (Image: Newsquest)

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Home Bargains has submitted a planning application to Norwich City Council to install a new shopfront, create an external display area, make changes to its roof and reconfigure the existing car park.

The new store will employ 100 members of staff and reduce car parking spaces by 10.

Norwich Evening News: Inside Toys R Us in Norwich during its final daysInside Toys R Us in Norwich during its final days (Image: Newsquest)

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Home Bargains currently has two city stores, in the Hall Road Retail Park and in Drayton Road.

It is thought the new shop will open from 8am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday, closing at 4pm on Sunday.

In April 2018, Toys R Us launched closing down sales across all of its UK stores when it failed to find a buyer after more than 30 years in the country.

The Norwich branch was opened by the shop's lovable Geoffrey the Giraffe mascot in 1999, with delighted city children test driving ride-on vehicles in the store's central aisle.

Norwich Evening News: Geoffrey the Giraffe opens the Norwich branchGeoffrey the Giraffe opens the Norwich branch (Image: Newsquest)

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Shortly after the shop's closure, a report from the city council declared that the loss of its "significant" floor space had negatively impacted the city's retail landscape.

Ever since, the store has remained empty with many of the same signs from its last trading day still visible.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans has until September 11, with hopes a decision will be reached by October 9.