Main town centre road to close for a weekend as part of £30 million Williams and Griffin redevelopment

Gazette: Williams and Griffin MD Carl Milton Williams and Griffin MD Carl Milton

COLCHESTER High Street is set to be closed for a weekend as part of the redevelopment of Williams and Griffin store.

The award-winning Fenwick store is undergoing a £30 million upgrade which will see its retail space increase from 63,000 sq ft to 85,000 sq ft.

A 350 tonne crane will be needed to carry out part of the work.

The store is to apply for permission to close the High Street to traffic for one weekend so the crane can be brought in.

Williams and Griffin's new managing director Carl Milton said: "We are excited with the redevelopment and this private investment presents a high level of intent in Colchester.

"It will hopefully be a halo for other private investment in the town."

He added: "We know the importance of the store to the town and we know we are changing history but we do believe this work is for the better."

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3:32pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Closed. Really? How will the buses get round town?
Closed. Really? How will the buses get round town? Say It As It Is OK?
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4:15pm Thu 6 Mar 14

suzywright says...

£30m investment in the town centre - brave or insane!? Surely Mr Fenwick would be better off, spending the company's money on its website? They could even use click and collect and have a satellite collection warehouse in Tollgate!
£30m investment in the town centre - brave or insane!? Surely Mr Fenwick would be better off, spending the company's money on its website? They could even use click and collect and have a satellite collection warehouse in Tollgate! suzywright
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5:34pm Thu 6 Mar 14

DailyGazette says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Closed. Really? How will the buses get round town?
True, but money counts...
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Closed. Really? How will the buses get round town?[/p][/quote]True, but money counts... DailyGazette
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1:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

julieee says...

presumably they will have to make a payment to the council for the street closure?
presumably they will have to make a payment to the council for the street closure? julieee
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