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Peach Street Place – More Shops Announced

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New independent shops will soon begracing Wokingham town centre as Peach Place delivers on its promise to be ahome to niche business that will set it apart from the norm.

Unique local independents The BlueOrchid Bakery and Tea Room; vinyl record shop Beyond the Download; and theLeafy Elephant gin bar will join Sit & Sip (an independent craft beer barand bottle shop that has one other location in Chichester) as the next round ofnew businesses coming to Peach Place.

Cllr Philip Mirfin, executive memberfor regeneration, said: “In addition to Cook, who started fitting out their newstore last week, and the Leafy Elephant independent gin bar who are due tostart fit out very soon, I’m very pleased to welcome another three great newindependents to the town.

Blue Orchid Bakery

“The Blue Orchid Bakery and Tea Roomwith their delicious homemade cakes, savouries and sweet treats, Sit & Sipwho, in addition to their extensive range of craft beers and other drinks youcan take away, will also offer people the chance to simply relax and enjoy adrink in their new store, and Beyond the Download an independent record shop whopride themselves on their real passion for music and vinyl that they love toshare with their customers”

Cook

Cook, who are due to open in earlyMarch, and Beyond the Download will be located on the Rose Street side of thedevelopment, close to the walkthrough to Waitrose, whilst The Leafy Elephant,Blue Orchid Bakery and Sit & Sip are taking units within the new PeachPlace square where they will also benefit from the new pedestrianised area withoutdoor seating and space for events.

Vision For Wokingham

MCllr Mirfin continued: “Our vision for Wokingham remains to create a great mix of stores in the town centre with a balance between the national names, like Waterstones and Gail’s bakery, we are bringing to Peach Street and the more niche units within the square and elsewhere. Our first stores have proven incredibly popular and we’re hoping residents will embrace these new businesses as well.

“We’ve always recognised that it’simportant the town has the high street names to attract regular footfall andcater for people’s daily shopping needs, but we also know that we need to offersomething more unique if the town is to thrive. Wokingham already has lots ofgreat independent stores and these new names will be a fantastic addition tothese.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Sit &Sip to Peach Place. This independent company will be a great addition toWokingham. Running an independent tasting room, Sit & Sip prides itself onoffering a vast selection of quality craft beers, artisan spirits, tastingboards and speciality coffee all in a welcoming environment.  Continually updating their stock to bringpeople the latest tastes and trends people have the opportunity to taste andstay or taste and takeaway.

“Blue Orchid Bakery and Tea Room, verymuch a local independent business based in Wokingham will be joining the LeafyElephant and Sit & Sip in the new square. This is their first shop and theywill be offering a fantastic range of food, including their renowned chocolatebrownies and beautifully decorated occasion cakes, along with the town centresfirst afternoon tea destination. The perfect place to relax and enjoy some timewith friends.”

 “I’m especially pleased to announce Beyond theDownload, another wonderful local business, who will be an excellent addition toWokingham. They already have a dedicated following at their current location inHolme Grange craft village reflecting the excellent stock they offer and theirstaffs extensive knowledge of music and vinyl. This move to a larger store inthe town centre will help them reach an even bigger audience putting them atthe heart of the local music loving community.

“We’re also preparing to handover thekeys to other new businesses soon so keep an eye out for more announcements ofnames in the coming weeks. Stores in Rose Street and Peach Street will continueto open individually as they are ready. However we are in the process offinalising a date to open up the new square as, due to the level of activitythat will be taking place whilst tenants complete their internal work, we feelit is safer to keep it closed off to pedestrians. We’re talking to the tenantsnow and hope to release more dates soon.”

Regeneration Work

Elsewhere in the regeneration work isalready progressing well as the council prepares to hand over the new foodstorebuilding to Aldi so it can start fitting it out ready for opening later thissummer along with the new Premier Inn hotel.