Woking Shopping has relocated several key tenants in 15,000 sq ft of floorspace, clearing units that will now be demolished to facilitate the new Victoria Square development.
Largest of the moves is Boots. The health & beauty brand is moving to a recently renovated 8,000-sq ft site in Bandstand mall in the Peacocks centre. This move is temporary as once the development works are completed, Boots will be returning to Wolsey Place to a new purpose-built store of 27,000-sq ft. Boots Opticians is also taking a separate 1,500-sq ft store on the Bandstand Mall while Bayfield’s Opticians, The Works, Dr & Herbs, Café Americano and Greggs have also been decanted.
The development of Victoria Square includes the creation of 125,000 sq ft of new retail floorspace anchored by a 50,000-sq ft Marks & Spencer store; a new Hilton hotel, 390 residential apartments in two towers of 30 and 34 storeys; space for a medical centre; 284 additional car parking spaces, and two new public plazas.