City centre traders protest over plans for out-of-town Next in Gloucester
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City centre protest over out-of-town shop in Gloucester

Business owners in Gloucester city centre have been protesting about plans for a new out-of-town shop at the Peel Centre near the Quays.

They are concerned that if a Next opens more large chains will follow and it will become a retail destination, pulling shoppers away from the city's traditional shopping streets.

In a statement Peel Holdings, which owns the site, said the new store would represent an "exciting opportunity to regenerate a prominent and currently vacant building".

  • 02 Sep 2016