Following the relocation of the market and the closure of the Market Car Park, the Forum Shopping Centre will close on 31 December.
The shopping centre which first opened in 1967, and was refurbished in 1995, will close as part of the Council’s exciting vision to regenerate the Northgate area of the city. The Council will be exploring potential development options for the site in the context of the wider review of the One City Plan for Chester.
The Council intends to retain the four shops fronting onto Town Hall Square and the Crowne Plaza Hotel will also remain fully open for overnight visitors, events and for full use of their leisure facilities.
Tenants within the Forum have been supported to find alternative premises should they wish to relocate, and a number have already moved.
The impacts of the Covid pandemic and the changing nature of people’s shopping habits have had far reaching implications for the future provision of retail in town centres. These factors will also need to be considered as part of the future phases of development in the Northgate area of the city.
Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, said: