Vacant shops in the Westway Centre, Frome
By Fromereporter | Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 15:17
Over the whole country market towns are struggling as the recession bites. In Frome we have been reasonably fortunate, despite some poor national press about vacancy rates in the town which seem to have been based on old data. However, there are pockets of trouble and one of these is in the Westway Centre, which is looking a bit empty.
Westway Centre, Frome - old Clintons card shop
Westway Centre, Frome - old Martins
Westway Centre, Frome - old Mountstevens
In past years the Westway Centre has been the busiest part of the town, with the greatest 'footfall'. The owners, London-based Maybrook Properties, were able to charge high rents but now that leases are ending there are several vacancies. These are being marketed by King Sturge in Bath & Rogers & Co in Frome. So if you know of anyone wanting to rent a shop in Frome, pass on the details;
The old Clintons Card shop, number 10, is available at a rent of £23,000 per annum, but Richard at Rogers & Co. confirms that most terms are negotiable. It has 843 sq. ft of space and a very prominent location by the footbridge to the main car park. The old Mounstevens, no 20, has two floors of space with 14500 sq.ft & a rent of £23,500 pa. The old Travel Agent shop is also available from Rogers & Co, rent is yet to be set so contact them for more details.
The old Martins shop is on with King Sturge, Bath, as is the old Lloyds Chemist shop. No news on rents yet but I will post this information when they call me back. There is a rumour around that the Co-op is about to take the old Martins shop, what a great idea that would be! Might help the 'No more big supermarkets in Frome' campaign too.
See more pictures of the shops in our gallery.