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Why Part of Gloucester Quays Is Boarded Up and Shops Have Been Relocating

Peel Holding, owner of Gloucester Quays is planning to bring a massive new children’s soft play centre which includes a cafe, shop toilets and extra parking.

An escalator is being installed in the middle of the shopping centre, blocking off the central corridor connecting the two indoor promenades, to connect the ground floor to the upper deck.

The planning application for the children’s play centre has been submitted since last year and Gloucester Quays promised that the new facility would “contribute positively to the levels of economic activity in the area.”

A Gloucester Quays spokesperson said: “A soft play adventure centre with ancillary facilities such as a cafe is likely to create in the order of 10 to 20 jobs and staff will generally be sought from the locality, as such this makes a meaningful contribution to the level of employment within Gloucester.”

They added: “Similarly, any other D2 (leisure) use of the Upper Deck would be likely to generate a meaningful and beneficial level of employment.

“The proposal will bring other wider economic benefits by encouraging longer stays within the city centre and increasing footfall and activity in the area to the benefit of local shops cafes and businesses.”

It is unknown at this time how long the work will last. However once completed, it will create 15 jobs and serve 350 people at a time.

It is anticipated that the play area would be open seven days a week between 10am and 7pm.

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