Car park will re­open as John Lewis launches

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» PARK­ING in Chel­tenham is set to get a lit­tle bit eas­ier as a multi-storey car park is due to re-open.

John Lewis & Part­ners opens in the High Street at 10am on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 18, and with it, the ad­join­ing car park that has been closed since March 2016.

It’s the for­mer Beech­wood Shop­ping Cen­tre car park which shut as part of the de­mo­li­tion and re­build­ing work at the prime town cen­tre site.

And it’s not go­ing to be just for John Lewis shop­pers as it re­turns to its orig­i­nal use a pub­lic car park.

A spokesman for John Lewis & Part­ners said: “There are 335 spa­ces and it is a pub­lic car park. “Open­ing hours are 30 min­utes be­fore and af­ter shop trad­ing hours.”

It will be a boost to the town’s shop­ping district, which has been af­fected by the Boots Cor­ner clo­sure that has sent mo­torists on long diver­sions, clog­ging up other roads in the town.

A new two-way sys­tem, on Al­bion Street, at the rear of the store pro­vid­ing ac­cess to the car park, has been in­tro­duced as part of the wider shake-up of the town’s often baf­fling one-way sys­tem.

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