End of an era for retail shop

photo 3 (61)A property that has served the people of Chippenham for many years as a retail shop, is now up for sale with planning consent for its redevelopment into 8 flats.

Located on Park Lane in the centre of Chippenham, the property was best known as Dentons Hardware store, which for 60 years stocked a vast array of goods and where you could always get the widget or bit of ironmongery that you were looking for. Following the closure of the hardware business in June 2013; the shop was taken over by Funk & Chic Boutique as a clothing fashion shop, before they relocated into the Emery Gate Shopping Centre.

The site of the shop was granted planning consent in January for the redevelopment to provide seven 2 bedroom flats and one 1 bedroom flat. The site is now being offered for sale by Huw Thomas Commercial with a Guide Price of £225,000.

Huw Thomas comments “It’s always sad to see the end of a business premises, but times move on and Park Lane is no longer a retail location. Dentons was an iconic Chippenham business for many years, but with competition from the likes of Homebase, B & Q and Wilkinsons, it was difficult to sustain the business. The consented development will regenerate the location for new residential units.”

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