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Former Greggs still empty... but will new business to move in pass the Berko posh test?

Gentrification gone wrong? When it was announced that Greggs was closing in January, some claimed Berkhamsted High Street was being upgraded. But the unit vacated by Greggs still lies empty two months later

Gentrification gone wrong? When it was announced that Greggs was closing in January, some claimed Berkhamsted High Street was being upgraded. But the unit vacated by Greggs still lies empty two months later

 

Rumours on social media suggest a new business could soon open in the unit once occupied by Greggs in Berkhamsted High Street.

The big-name bakery moved out of the town in mid-March, and the site it had occupied has been empty ever since. A ‘to let’ sign is above the store – which is now the only vacant shop in central Berkhamsted.

The cost of renting the unit, for a business, is £50,000 per year – on top of a further £13,398 in business rates

The lease on the property is for 10 years.

Writing on Facebook yesterday, Steve Connolly said: “I find it amusing that the one shop in Berko that is shut is a Greggs.

“Everywhere else Greggs is the one oasis in a desolate landscape of shuttered shops.”

Writing about the other bakery in the town, fellow Facebooker Nicole Walker said: “It’s sad, because Simmons is so expensive. I miss my steak bakes.”

Previous retail units to go onto the market in Berkhamsted have snapped up in a flash – even in nearby Lower Kings Road, which has a lower footfall than the High Street.

But Facebook user Suzanne Furmston said of the former Greggs site: “Something is due to open. They have been working on it this week.”

The comments were posted under a message by reporter for this website David O’Neill, who asked what people thought should be done with the empty shop.

His post on the Everything Berko Facebook page attracted more than 100 comments.

Some said Vision Express will ‘definitely’ be moving into the unit. Others joked that it could be a very small discount Aldi store or a pound shop.

Previous rumours that a Pret a Manger was going to open on the site have since been quashed by the upmarket fast food chain.

When it was first announced that Greggs would be vacating the unit, some said that Berkhamsted was too posh for the discount bakery chain.

Others said the town was being gentrified while chairman of Berkhamsted & District Chamber of Commerce David Steadman said: “It could be that our High Street is upgrading itself.

“The sort of people you see going to Greggs are the white van drivers and delivery people and the office workers tend not to go there.”

You can see our article – from early January – near the top of this page.

Many have since said that Berkhamsted is too posh for a Lidl, which plans to open a new discount supermarket in the Gossoms End area of the town

This website is waiting for a response from Vision Express on whether or not it will be moving into the former Greggs in Berkhamsted.

 

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