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New lease of life for empty Market Place shop

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WORK has begun to renovate one of Frome’s most prominent shops – the former Shoe Zone building in the Market Place.

Plans have been passed to turn it into a café, antiques store, and upstairs office space. 

The building has remained empty since the shop closed in August 2017. 

Plans, submitted by architects, Watson, Bertram and Fell, on behalf of Creative Workspaces LLP, can be viewed on the Mendip District Council planning website with the reference 2019/1182/FUL.

5 Responses to New lease of life for empty Market Place shop

  1. Amy

    August 20, 2019 at 10:30 am

    We need more shops we got about 10 cafes in one town more shops please

  2. Ella

    August 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

    We already have a variety of cafès, that’s all frome seems to change our old shops into. We need more different shops for sure! we’d then maybe attract more interested customers? Thank you.

  3. Sarah

    August 20, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I feel that another cafe is just to help out the market that’s here once a month, and for the hundreds we get here once a month,why not another shoe shop as everyone has feet and there is not one of these in frome.

  4. Marjorie Haynes

    August 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    At least we know that one of the rumours was true. Yes we have a lot of cafes – and the same number of people, it will just spread the clientele more thinly. What a shame no other business could find their way to Frome.

  5. william lockhart murdoch

    February 5, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    This shop has now been derelict for over 2 years despite being one of the most prominent retail sites in the town. It blights the Market Place and gives a very bad impression of the town. Every now and then some construction works seem to have taken place then stopped. For months now, nothing. Unlike many neighbouring towns, Frome does not suffer from having dozens of boarded up shops with To Let signs outside. There is still a demand for retail space. If the current owners do not intend to bring it back into use, what can be done to enforce its renovation? Perhaps the Frome Times can undertake some investigative journalism to find out what is going on and when this eyesore will finally be restored.

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