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Exclusive: Kennet Centre redevelopment plans revealed

Announcement ends months of speculation about future of shopping centre

Dan Cooper

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Kennet Shopping Centre finds a buyer

PLANS for a major redevelopment of Newbury’s Kennet Shopping centre have been unveiled for the first time.

The Newbury Weekly News can exclusively reveal the first phase of the work, which will see a ‘restaurant quarter’ created to offer more of an option for dining out.

Five or six new restaurants will be located along the Cheap Street side of the centre, which will mean a number of other businesses, including Prohibition and Chenz, vacating their units.

Centre manager Mag Williams said those units are currently too small to accommodate new restaurants, so will have to be ‘reconfigured’ to make them ‘a decent size’.

A planning application is set to be made in April and the restaurant units are being marketed.

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  • Racegoer

    04/05/2017 - 10:10

    The key issue is the footfall south of the canal. The Parkway development means that there are at least 5 times as many people shopping in Northbrook Street than the Market Square area. How to rejuvenate this area from the Canal to the bus station will be difficult. Restaurants will help but some good shops too - but who wants to open a decent shop in an area where few shoppers go? Making it an entertainment zone (cinema, theatre, restaurants, etc) is a start, but not the full answer. Moving the Post Office did not help!


  • SeniorMoment

    23/04/2017 - 09:09

    This reeks of desperation , the Kennet is dying on it's feet. There are plenty of places of differing quality to eat in Newbury and plenty of higher end places in the surrounding countryside. The only major thing worth saving in the Kennet is the cinema (very good)


  • Nickyab

    21/04/2017 - 12:12

    Why don't they offer cheaper incentives to allow more business to be able to stay there or under cover markets once or twice a week.


  • PhilW

    21/04/2017 - 00:12

    So they're closing restaurants in order to open restaurants? And then they are going to sell units to restauranters who have proved remarkedly uninsterested in the restaurant units that have remained empty since the cinema was built. Good luck to them!


    • Bombey

      21/04/2017 - 10:10

      The empty restaurant units in the cinema are too small - which is why they are empty. Nandos & Nelsons don't have kitchens as such, which is why they are the only ones open.


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