Barbour set to open in Cirencester in old TSB building

BARBOUR is planning to open a shop in Cirencester.

The British luxury and lifestyle brand has applied to Cotswold District Council for permission to open a shop in the Marketplace.

The new store, located next to the old House of Fraser building, will replace the old TSB building which closed its doors in June this year. 

Barbour has requested permission from CDC to renovate the ground floor of the grade II listed building, install signage, and repaint the shopfront.

In council documents, the new shop would have a stockroom, a staff area, two changing rooms and a side room for specialised services related to waxing.

However, there is no information on how many jobs would be created or when the shop would open.

Barbour’s men’s and women’s lifestyle collections include knitwear, shirts, trousers, footwear, and accessories, as well as the iconic wax cotton jacket.

A spokesperson for Barbour said: “Plans for a new store in Cirencester are at a very early stage and we have no further information at present that we can share. 

“We hope to be able to make an announcement before the end of the year.”

CDC leader Joe Harris, who is a Cirencester councillor, reacted to the news in a statement on Facebook. 

He said: “It is always nice to see businesses showing their confidence in our town by opening new stores here.

“It also demonstrates that despite the economic turmoil nationally, Cirencester remains resilient.” 

It comes as HSBC announced they would be leaving Cirencester in August. 

In a heritage statement Barbour says: “It is considered that the proposed renovation of the vacant ground floor to a high-quality finish and use as a retail unit would have a positive impact on the character of the conservation area and the significance of the listed building.

“The applicant seeks to bring a long-term economic viable use to the building whilst keeping in situ the existing fabric which could be used at a later time.

“Therefore, positively contributing towards enhancing the listed building which has previously been subjected to insensitive alterations. 

“This proposal would create a more contemporary feel internally and renovate a building maintaining quality features externally.”

The luxury brand is often a favourite amongst celebrities, royalty and the country set. 

Anyone wishing to view this application should do so by visiting www.cotswold.gov.uk/planning-and-building quoting reference 22/03898/LBC

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