Cafe bar plans could kick-start Woodley night-time ecomonyBy Jon Nurse
October 23, 2012
Plans for a cafe and bar in the precinct could be the start of a night-time economy in the town centre.
Town centre manager Jacques Lherbier revealed in a report to the Woodley Town Centre Management Initiative last Wednesday that Loungers café/bar chain is hoping to take on the former Lloyds Chemist in Crockhamwell Road.
Mr Lherbier said: “They have put in an offer and the landlord is looking for a change of use to a restaurant. I think that’s good news.
“Unless the deal falls through they could arrive at the end of the year or the beginning of next year.”
The chain, which has 22 cafés across the country including Caversham’s Alto Lounge, would open from 9am to 11pm.
“For the first time we would have a restaurant open in Woodley town centre,” Mr Lherbier added.
“Woodley has definite potential. You only need one to start and others could follow.”
The Big Discount store is operating in the unit on a temporary lease.
Gordon Davies, headteacher at Beechwood Primary School, said: “I think it’s the right sort of thing for Woodley. It could be the start of better things.”
Mr Lherbier added that the former Clinton Cards store in Crockhamwell Road would soon re-open as Just Cards on a temporary lease.
There was also interest from another two traders, including a kitchen design company.