Developer Crest Nicholson’s promise of a raft of new retailers last autumn is still yet to materialise – with M&S Food, Reel Cinema and Seasalt remaining the only officially-announced occupants of Brightwells’ commercial units to-date.
But after Crest told the Herald its leasing campaign was “progressing exceptionally well” in the March 3 edition, the Herald’s Bricks and Mortar reporter David Howell has “rummaged around” and can report the following companies are in the mix:
- Ones we have known about for some time: M&S, Reel and Seasalt.
- Ones that have planning applications submitted for approval: Charters estate agents (currently in Downing Street), Joules (currently in Lion & Lamb Yard), Sit & Sip (tasting bar), Bright Young Things (tuition centre) and Nail Salon.
- Others we think are ‘in the frame’: Heaven’s Kitchen (currently based in East Street) and Whistles (currently in Lion & Lamb Yard).
- Other rumoured dining possibilities: The Ivy and Coppa Club.
Noticeably, many of these businesses are being poached from the town’s existing retail centres – no doubt tempted by a reported two-year rent-free period offered by Crest.
Mr Howell said: “We await confirmation, hopefully in the next three months... okay, six months.
“Crest have proved themselves not to be the fastest movers!”