Former Kwik Fit site taken over by charity

A HOMELESS charity has announced plans to open its fourth shop in Colchester opposite the town’s bus station.

Emmaus will open the new shop at the former Kwik Fit car repair unit in Osborne Street, within the next fortnight.

The move temporarily ends speculation the site could be redeveloped to form part of the Vineyard Gate Shopping Centre.

Kwit Fit moved from the building in Osborne Street last October, to a new premises in North Station Road, Colchester.

The lease was put up for grabs by Caddick Developments, and Emmaus, which already has a warehouse behind the site in Arthur Street, has taken it on.

It is for five years.

See Tuesday's Gazette

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3:23pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Ontheball says...

The town doesn't have a bus station - it has an awful grouping of bus stops, which is the best this useless cou ncil could come up with!!!
The town doesn't have a bus station - it has an awful grouping of bus stops, which is the best this useless cou ncil could come up with!!! Ontheball
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3:54pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Bert_Stimpson says...

I was hoping CBC would extend its Queen Street Portfolio (are we allowed to use that phrase?) into Osborne Street and take on this property as part of a joined-up Creative-Cultural Quarter regeneration mash-up and apply for grants to set up an EU Potato Printing Hub in the old Kwik Fit, fully leveraging its proximity to H & E Edwards Potato Merchants. That would have attracted 2 million tourists a year, contributed £100m to the local economy and created 200 direct and indirect jobs, according to extensive research.

Then again, I always thought we could do with more charity shops in our decaying town centre. Take a bow Nick Barlow and chums...!
I was hoping CBC would extend its Queen Street Portfolio (are we allowed to use that phrase?) into Osborne Street and take on this property as part of a joined-up Creative-Cultural Quarter regeneration mash-up and apply for grants to set up an EU Potato Printing Hub in the old Kwik Fit, fully leveraging its proximity to H & E Edwards Potato Merchants. That would have attracted 2 million tourists a year, contributed £100m to the local economy and created 200 direct and indirect jobs, according to extensive research. Then again, I always thought we could do with more charity shops in our decaying town centre. Take a bow Nick Barlow and chums...! Bert_Stimpson
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8:03pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Wicky1 says...

Last time I was at the Ashiana restaurant opposite there were folk already living in the building keeping their head's down.

Agree with Burt's proposal but if that falls through then I can see the council cramming in an estate housing the population of greenstead on the site to pass targets….
Last time I was at the Ashiana restaurant opposite there were folk already living in the building keeping their head's down. Agree with Burt's proposal but if that falls through then I can see the council cramming in an estate housing the population of greenstead on the site to pass targets…. Wicky1
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8:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Wicky1 says...

Whoops! the above was meant to have been posted on the CBT-garage-up-for-de
velopment news thread.
Whoops! the above was meant to have been posted on the CBT-garage-up-for-de velopment news thread. Wicky1
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10:03am Tue 28 Jan 14

catflap1 says...

Bus station do we mean gala bingo bus stop ?

does this town need another second hand crap shop ?
Bus station do we mean gala bingo bus stop ? does this town need another second hand crap shop ? catflap1
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10:21am Tue 28 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

They already have three shops, do the monopolies commission know and will the police be investigating where a charity is getting its money from, maybe the end product is a secret bank account?
They already have three shops, do the monopolies commission know and will the police be investigating where a charity is getting its money from, maybe the end product is a secret bank account? totallyfootball
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12:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Totaly you dont know how right you are. Aledgedly.
Totaly you dont know how right you are. Aledgedly. stevedawson
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1:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

julieee says...

Anyone else notice that the coffee shop has disappeared?
maybe Paul Smith has....
"Paul Smith, councillor for business and resources at Colchester Council, said: "We are very pleased we have been able to incorporate this new refreshments facility into Colchester’s bus station. It was an element requested by residents and we hope it will prove successful." "
Anyone else notice that the coffee shop has disappeared? maybe Paul Smith has.... "Paul Smith, councillor for business and resources at Colchester Council, said: "We are very pleased we have been able to incorporate this new refreshments facility into Colchester’s bus station. It was an element requested by residents and we hope it will prove successful." " julieee
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1:29pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Thanks "julieee". It has gone before I saw it. When did it go?
Thanks "julieee". It has gone before I saw it. When did it go? Hamiltonandy
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12:01am Wed 29 Jan 14

Boris says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
Thanks "julieee". It has gone before I saw it. When did it go?
There was a bloke with a cart selling coffee at £2 a cup, compared with the 30p that was charged in the bus station café till CBC forced it to close down.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: Thanks "julieee". It has gone before I saw it. When did it go?[/p][/quote]There was a bloke with a cart selling coffee at £2 a cup, compared with the 30p that was charged in the bus station café till CBC forced it to close down. Boris
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12:11am Wed 29 Jan 14

Boris says...

totallyfootball wrote:
They already have three shops, do the monopolies commission know and will the police be investigating where a charity is getting its money from, maybe the end product is a secret bank account?
What have you gopt against Emmaus? They do a fine job, recycling good quality furniture etc. Such stuff is bulky, so they need plenty of space to display the goods.
In any case, if you read the printed report you will see that Caddick could terminate the lease at any time, if and when they ever go ahead with their development project. They could be gone from Osborne St (and Arthur St) as quickly as Luke Garbutt from Col U. No commercuial tenant would accept such terms, so well done Emmaus for making good use of the former Kwik-fit workshop.
[quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: They already have three shops, do the monopolies commission know and will the police be investigating where a charity is getting its money from, maybe the end product is a secret bank account?[/p][/quote]What have you gopt against Emmaus? They do a fine job, recycling good quality furniture etc. Such stuff is bulky, so they need plenty of space to display the goods. In any case, if you read the printed report you will see that Caddick could terminate the lease at any time, if and when they ever go ahead with their development project. They could be gone from Osborne St (and Arthur St) as quickly as Luke Garbutt from Col U. No commercuial tenant would accept such terms, so well done Emmaus for making good use of the former Kwik-fit workshop. Boris
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6:36am Wed 29 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Boris wrote:
totallyfootball wrote:
They already have three shops, do the monopolies commission know and will the police be investigating where a charity is getting its money from, maybe the end product is a secret bank account?
What have you gopt against Emmaus? They do a fine job, recycling good quality furniture etc. Such stuff is bulky, so they need plenty of space to display the goods.
In any case, if you read the printed report you will see that Caddick could terminate the lease at any time, if and when they ever go ahead with their development project. They could be gone from Osborne St (and Arthur St) as quickly as Luke Garbutt from Col U. No commercuial tenant would accept such terms, so well done Emmaus for making good use of the former Kwik-fit workshop.
Nothing against them personally Boris just the fact that local businesses are dwindling and charity shops don't make a long term replacement. The terms of the lease are irrelevant, someone, anyone in there relinquishes the responsibility of the owner!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]totallyfootball[/bold] wrote: They already have three shops, do the monopolies commission know and will the police be investigating where a charity is getting its money from, maybe the end product is a secret bank account?[/p][/quote]What have you gopt against Emmaus? They do a fine job, recycling good quality furniture etc. Such stuff is bulky, so they need plenty of space to display the goods. In any case, if you read the printed report you will see that Caddick could terminate the lease at any time, if and when they ever go ahead with their development project. They could be gone from Osborne St (and Arthur St) as quickly as Luke Garbutt from Col U. No commercuial tenant would accept such terms, so well done Emmaus for making good use of the former Kwik-fit workshop.[/p][/quote]Nothing against them personally Boris just the fact that local businesses are dwindling and charity shops don't make a long term replacement. The terms of the lease are irrelevant, someone, anyone in there relinquishes the responsibility of the owner! totallyfootball
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9:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Good point from Boris. I totally support the ethical way Emmaus work in that they insist the "companions" come off state benefits and work for their allowances. This seems unique to them.
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Also agree with totallyfootball" that charity shops do seem to be taking over high profile retail outlets. I think they only pay 20% of business rates and some do sell new goods supplied centrally. Not sure what should be done but feel they should only sell donated goods.
.
Good point from Boris. I totally support the ethical way Emmaus work in that they insist the "companions" come off state benefits and work for their allowances. This seems unique to them. . Also agree with totallyfootball" that charity shops do seem to be taking over high profile retail outlets. I think they only pay 20% of business rates and some do sell new goods supplied centrally. Not sure what should be done but feel they should only sell donated goods. . Hamiltonandy
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9:32am Wed 29 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
Good point from Boris. I totally support the ethical way Emmaus work in that they insist the "companions" come off state benefits and work for their allowances. This seems unique to them.
.
Also agree with totallyfootball" that charity shops do seem to be taking over high profile retail outlets. I think they only pay 20% of business rates and some do sell new goods supplied centrally. Not sure what should be done but feel they should only sell donated goods.
.
Trouble is Andy its the world we live in, boots sales were suppose to be for peoples junk to become other peoples treasure, government legislation and guide lines are not worth the paper they are written on. As for the ethics of the benefits what proof is there that these people abide or that its not just a vote winner for the practice? Not having a go just want people to open their eyes, when was the last time that you could believe what you saw?
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: Good point from Boris. I totally support the ethical way Emmaus work in that they insist the "companions" come off state benefits and work for their allowances. This seems unique to them. . Also agree with totallyfootball" that charity shops do seem to be taking over high profile retail outlets. I think they only pay 20% of business rates and some do sell new goods supplied centrally. Not sure what should be done but feel they should only sell donated goods. .[/p][/quote]Trouble is Andy its the world we live in, boots sales were suppose to be for peoples junk to become other peoples treasure, government legislation and guide lines are not worth the paper they are written on. As for the ethics of the benefits what proof is there that these people abide or that its not just a vote winner for the practice? Not having a go just want people to open their eyes, when was the last time that you could believe what you saw? totallyfootball
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