Celebrations for long standing success and new business arrivals

June 09 2015

BUSINESS prospects are continuing to look promising in Yate and Chipping Sodbury with more newcomers and a landmark anniversary to celebrate.

Only last month Yate and Sodbury Voice reported on four new businesses opening in Chipping Sodbury.
Now there is more good news, with a further shop and restaurant moving in, while down the road Yate Shopping Centre is planning events to mark 50 years of trading. Chipping Sodbury’s economy is experiencing its busiest period since Waitrose opened in October 2013.
Its latest arrivals are both in Horse Street - Sooo Chic II being a second outlet for Shabby Chic Interiors. It is in the former Farrago fashion shop, vacated when proprietor Alex Newman decided to give up on reaching 25 years of trading.
Meanwhile Mexican tapas restaurant Amigos has taken over the premises previously occupied by Italian restaurant Giardino.
At Yate Shopping Centre, a programme of events is being finalised for two days of celebrations on August 22 and 23.
The complex was one of the fi rst US-style shopping malls in the UK and was opened in a blaze of publicity in 1965 by top radio comedian Ted Ray and Coronation Street favourite Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in the TV soap.
Over the years it has seen a number of changes but probably none as signifi cant as those of recent times. The new Tesco Extra and bus station are now well established, changes were made to East Walk and North Parade, while West Walk altered signifi cantly with the incorporation of Westgate Health Centre.
Now the town is about to get its long awaited cinema within the new Yate Riverside leisure development, with potential improvement to the retail element next on the list. Crestbridge, which owns the shopping centre, is also looking at further improvements to the residential accommodation within the complex. Andy Lowry, the centre manager, said: “Crestbridge always promised to invest in Yate for the future and with these recent improvements, has now invested approximately £40 million since buying the centre ten years ago.” Mr Lowry said the anniversary events were both a celebration of 50 years of trading and of the success of the centre, which in an average year attracts more than 12 million visitors. The programme for that weekend includes a Music Through the Decades event on the Saturday, performed by tribute bands. The popular Wurzels will be the headline act for the Sunday, with support from local bands. Centre marketing manager, Tracy King, said: “This will be a real family occasion and traders are being encouraged to get into the swing of things. We will be announcing the full line-up of acts once they are fi nalised.”