This week we have been reporting on our Facebook and Twitter accounts about various changes to our shops and cafes. There has been so much going on, we have pulled this summary together – with a bit more detail in some areas – eg the rumours of Costa moving into the Cafe in the Park location.
Anyway here goes:
Gather and Hunt
This wonderful little delicatessen is closing its doors shortly – usual case of the sums not working, in terms of very high rent and rates on Marlow High St. They will however still be trading online at www.gatherandhunt.co.uk, and watch out for occasional “pop up” shops.
Our Facebook post on the news has at present some 50 comments from people lamenting its demise. Sorry to be losing such a great little independent store.
A bit unusual this one…. on the site of the Hare and Hounds pub – a venue which various tenants have struggled to make a go of in recent years. This is to become a new a new bakery, cafe & patisserie.
In the comments on our Facebook post breaking the news, Gill Thomas noted that they are currently operating a “soft opening”, noting the coffee was “delicious” and “quite a bit cheaper than our local chains”. She also praised the little Spanish doughnuts. That’s enough to get us along to try….!
Full details, including some controversy and objections over its arrival are on the Bucks Free Press website
A new clothing retailer opening in the Old Post Office building – 41 High St, where Insight Opticians used to be, before it merged with Leightons (you keeping up?!) I cant keep up with all these fashion stores, but apparently… “Jigsaw is a British company that was founded in 1972. They have over 40 stores nationwide with junior, home, menswear and ladieswear lines offering design classics and on trend pieces for seasonal changes.”
Their website suggest the new store in Marlow opens on Saturday 8th March 2014 at 09:30am.
Cafe in the Park
Another sad loss for Marlow. This excellent and popular cafe has just closed down. Again ,referring to our Facebook post on the last day of opening we were inundated with comments from people who where shocked and saddened by the news.
Carly Trisk-Grove who owned the business told us it was all down to “high rents, building un-fit for purpose etc. Just made it all too hard”. A real shame.
Costa in the Park?
So with Cafe in the Park gone… who will move in? Well.. a planning application has been made to put “Costa Coffee” branding all over it… so there’s the clue! The planning applicant is “Coffee Snobs” who also run the Costa in West St. The planning has not been approved, and we understand that no lease has yet been signed. There has been quite a bit of objection to the signage, the gist is conveyed by one objection thus: “This is a public area of land and should not be subject to commercialisation. The signage will substantially affect the visual appearance of the park and provide an unfair advantage to a chain versus local businesses”
You can view the plans and objections at publicaccess.wycombe.gov.uk/idoxpa-web – just search for “13/08067/FUL”
We have noted that local letting specialists Deriaz Slater have this property up for let.. so we can expect the children’s clothing shop in Liston Court to be closing.. or moving(?) in due course. Details on the Deriaz website.
Phew! Have we missed anything?