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Gail’s Bakery To Open In Tunsgate Quarter And Other Shop News

Published on: 28 Feb, 2020
Updated on: 29 Feb, 2020

Quite a bit happening around town.

Gail’s Bakery, the sourdough chain based mainly in London, is opening a shop in Guildford in the Tunsgate Quarter and has applied for planning permission for outside seating in Tunsgate itself, ready for when it moves in.

Gail’s Bakery will soon be moving into Tunsgate Quarter with an outside area in Tunsgate. It will be great to see that shop unit occupied and busy.

Just opposite in Tunsgate, Gift Search is closing after more than 30 years due to retirement, but already there is reportedly interest in the empty shop.

Again in Tunsgate, where K.Alm Kitchen was until recently, we have been told that a new café is planned with sandwiches during the day and Prosecco in the evening.

All of this is great news, but you can’t help wonder if there is a limit for coffee shops and cafés in the town?

Deep excavation for the gas works in the High Street. The Guildford Dragon NEWS are looking into it.

The gas works in the High Street and along Quarry Street have started and are planned to go on until sometime in June. The Star Inn and shops nearby told The Guildford Dragon NEWS that, other than deliveries, they didn’t feel that trade had been affected. “February is a quiet month though,” they added.

The contractors said that they had found the early 12-inch iron gas pipe, the predecessor to the ductile iron pipe that they were replacing. They were hoping to use it to save some excavating by threading the new yellow gas pipe through it. If it works out, it may save money and possibly even shorten the 16 weeks to complete the complicated works.

Bombay Buzz opened up in Friary Street.

Another food outlet has opened in one of the busiest parts of town. Bombay Buzz joined the 10 other shops tempting passers by with great food in Friary Street. Owners Raj and Manjushree Sachdeva were very pleased with the busy location and said that trade was picking up. “Come and try our freshly crafted Indian food,” they said.

The Santander bank branch at the top of the High Street has now closed. Empty shops, now in all parts of the town centre, do nothing for the look of the town. As it has been often said, Guildford is doing better than most in keeping its town centre vibrant but it is undoubtedly under pressure and a bit depressing.

The pop-up shop at the bottom of North Street with the huge banner “Luxury Goods- Liquidation Sale” is still trading but staff in the shop said that it was very quiet. It is good to see the premises being used rather than just sitting empty.

It is good to see the shop trading again after being empty over a year.

The Pasta Out shop in Swan Lane has temporarily closed due to lack of staff and the VapEr shop in Phoenix Court has shut up shop all together in Guildford. Is this the end of the vaping bubble?

But, on a positive note, Nando’s opened again after an unexpected and surprising 10-day shut down to have “a new walk in fridge/ freezer installed.”

Nando’s has opened again after an unexpected shutdown at the end of January.

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Responses to Gail’s Bakery To Open In Tunsgate Quarter And Other Shop News

  1. Caroline Scott Reply

    February 29, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    It is sad to see this. If the borough council were willing to take decisions that protect town residents amenity, then I think there is scope for some of these empty premises to become residences.

  2. Georgina Grant Reply

    March 2, 2020 at 9:11 am

    As I cook from scratch at home I am not at all interested in more eateries and coffee shops. There is little now for an older person in Guildford.

    I would like Dunelm, Wilko, etc. Steamer Trading was replaced by India Jane, yet another upmarket shop. I liked Pure, East and Monsoon, all of which have now closed.

  3. Jemma McVeigh Reply

    September 28, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Given that most of the coffee shops in Guildford aren’t very good, and the good ones are impossible to get a table at, this is very welcome news to me. As a former Londoner, I was surprised by how little cafe culture there was when we moved here. Cafes are a great place to meet other people (in less complicated times) or take your family on a weekend.

    If it was a Costa I’d be disappointed but Gail’s is a great quality London brand.

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