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PeterB
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196 of 205  Sat 26th Nov 2016 11:51pm  
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Dutchman, The Marks and Spencer location is more imposing as they are on the corner, whilst BHS had the "phone shop" on the corner so BHS had less of a presence (was the "phone shop" original or a later addition?). Given the changes to the City Centre I think presence, floor area and rent would have been more important than keeping the exact location. The original site would have been compulsorily purchased for the re-development. Peter.
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NeilsYard
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197 of 205  Sun 27th Nov 2016 3:17am  
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The 'phone shop' would be a relatively new 'of the era' occupation. I remember it like this - it was a shoe shop on that corner for ages. Edited by member, 27th Nov 2016 3:17 am
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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198 of 205  Sun 27th Nov 2016 8:17am  
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A 1960s postcard showing the shoe shop - "Dolcis" Thumbs up (I bet Dreamtime's in there!) Wink
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coventry49
Devon
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199 of 205  Sun 27th Nov 2016 9:07am  
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The 'Mayfair' Ladies Hairdressers was above Dolcis. Is it still there?
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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200 of 205  Sun 27th Nov 2016 4:24pm  
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On 27th Nov 2016 8:17am, Midland Red said: (I bet Dreamtime's in there!) Wink
Blush Yes MR, I have to admit, many many many times, but I am cured now! Happy
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TonyS
Coventry
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201 of 205  Wed 20th Dec 2017 8:39am  
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Oh Noooo! In yesterdays Telegraph: "...A new entrance will be provided into West Orchards Shopping Centre and empty upper floors will be brought back into active use with the provision of new student accommodation.” Full report here.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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202 of 205  Wed 20th Dec 2017 4:29pm  
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OMG, TonyS Oh my Comments: Does councillor Boyle eyesight need testing as the carbuncle that is Cathedral Lanes still obscures the view of the spire. Also do we really need yet more student accommodation in the city centre.
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TonyS
Coventry
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203 of 205  Wed 20th Dec 2017 8:06pm  
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Osmiroid
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204 of 205  Wed 20th Dec 2017 11:28pm  
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"New student accomodation", probably the least surprising thing I've read in my whole life! If I was in charge of the BHS site I'd demolish it and rebuild the City Arcade.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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205 of 205  Thu 21st Dec 2017 4:52pm  
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Good idea to reuse those upper floors. They seem to have never really been used since the Precinct was built, and getting rid of those bridges is long overdue as the upper level of shops never worked. Getting rid of the clutter and filling in the area beneath the pillars might make it look better. It's certainly not aged well. There's never been enough student halls in Coventry. In my first year there was a frantic scramble to find housing for freshers, and that was when the Poly was a third of the size it is now with only Priory Hall and Caradoc Hall plus some in Raglan Street in Hillfields as purpose built halls. After that it was off to some vile, semi-derelict deathtrap in Foleshill or Stoke run by a slum landlord. Coventry's playing catch up. It's not as if some of these sites have been marketed for other uses. Bishopgate was supermarket, retail, offices & housing before they tried student flats. There are plenty of empty sites that have been undeveloped for years. I can think of a few halls going up: Fairfax Street (22 storey) Friar's Road (20 storey?) Parkside (10 storey) Belgrade Plaza next phase (Hotel, apartments, halls.) London Road (Under construction) Bishop Gate (Under construction) The development on Sky Blue Way (Godiva something or other?) Planning application for something at the end of Whitefriars Lane. The City Village tower was apparently fully booked up before it was finished.
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