One of the largest and longest-established antiques centres in the UK, Gloucester Antiques Centre, will be moving to a new dockside location after planning permission has been granted for relocation nearby.
The new premises will be across the docks in the 11,000 sq ft
former Matthews Carpet warehouse, and dealers at the centre are
hoping to benefit from being close to the new designer outlet
shopping centre opening in May as part of the £400m Gloucester
The centre, with around 100 dealers, has traded in the docks for
30 years at the former Victorian grain warehouse known as The Lock.
The site - that needs extensive refurbishment that would have
necessitated dealers moving out - is now being turned into 26
apartments with retail units at ground level.
Property developers Evan Maindonald and Raine Thurston won
planning permission for the apartments the last year on condition
that another home was found for the Gloucester Antiques Centre in