Hobbs opens Shrewsbury store in old Pride Hill McDonald's

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | Business | Published:

A fashion chain has taken over the former Shrewsbury town centre McDonald's building which has been vacant for more than two-and-a-half years.

Morris Property's Liz Lowe with Hobbs London's team leader, Lauren Allen

National female clothing shop Hobbs London has opened its its first Shropshire branch in the historic building in Pride Hill.

The national chain has agreed a deal with owners Morris & Company’s Pension Fund to lease the premises, which has undergone a major refurbishment since McDonald's moved out in 2017.

Caraline Money, head of retail UK at Hobbs London, said: “We're thrilled to be in the beautiful town of Shrewsbury.

McDonald's closed its Shrewsbury town centre branch in February 2017

"It's a wonderful opportunity to meet our customers and share with them our exciting new season collection, which was inspired by Hampstead, the birthplace of Hobbs.”

The new store is now open has created nine jobs. Its nearest standalone Hobbs stores are in Chester and Birmingham.

Agent Hugh Ockleston, of Ockleston Bailey estate agents, said: “It’s a building full of character that is in a prime location with high footfall and well-known high street names.

"We knew it would have a strong appeal to retailers and are delighted to have secured the letting to a company known for the quality of its fashion and clothing for women.”


Inside McDonald's before it closed. The building has since been refurbished

The Pride Hill building dates from the 12th century and was built on the remains of the town walls.

It was the oldest building in the world to house a McDonald's before the restaurant moved out in February 2017 after 34 years.

The site was then updated and re-configured to provide 3,992 sq ft of space from basement to third-floor storage and marketed nationwide.

Liz Lowe, head of estates at Morris Property, added: “It’s great news that Hobbs have chosen such a prestige building to complement their high end offer for womenswear.

"Dealing with the Hobbs team has been a pleasure. They are progressive and forward-thinking which has led to a successful conclusion to the deal.”

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.


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