TJ Hughes owner makes toy shop denial

Work has begun at the former TJ Hughes site. Photo by Peter Barrington.

Work has begun at the former TJ Hughes site. Photo by Peter Barrington. - Credit: Archant

WORKMEN have begun stripping out the former TJ Hughes site, but its owner has denied they are set to welcome a toy firm into the Weston premises.

Dove Properties bought the High Street store last year and despite much speculation about what company may take on the lease, the site remains vacant, as it has done since August 2011.

Rumours over the past few months have suggested a toy shop may take on the site, with Smyths Toys which has stores in Bristol and Cardiff, a possible option.

However Dove Properties’ Tim Warrell poured cold water on that suggestion this week.

He said: “We have commissioned works to commence strip out of the former TJ Hughes, fit out and clean up the building ready for re-occupation. However, we have no dialogue with Smyths Toys and have not agreed any letting to another party.”

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Dove Properties has previously suggested they would look to reopen the flats above the shopfloor. However no such plans have been submitted to North Somerset Council.

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