Farewell to the co-op building
For many generations of Nuneatoners the Co-OP building, in the town centre, holds precious memories. Mine centre around childhood trips to the toy department and chip batches in café. So it is with some sadness that we bid farewell to the co-op building and look to the future of Nuneaton.
The co-op building has been vacant since 2016, following the Heart of England Co-operative Society’s announcement that with a ‘heavy heart’ the store would close. This bought into question the fate of the large retail building at the heart of Nuneaton Town Centre.
Early this year the building was purchased by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. The Leader of the Council, Cllr Julie Jackson said:
“We have invested in this site so that we can better influence the future development of this part of Nuneaton town centre and we are keen to get started on improvements immediately.”
“This is a very large site and the possibilities are exciting. Obviously, we are still at a very early stage with this project and we’ll be keeping residents informed of progress. It is an exciting development and one of great importance to the town.”
Demolition has now begun on a portion of the building, making way for a development lead by the Transforming Nuneaton Programme. (Click here to see more about Transforming Nuneaton in our recent blog.) It is worth noting that the historical and aesthetic Art-Deco frontage on Queens Road will remain it tack.
The full plans for the site are not yet clear, but we hope that the removal of part of this build, makes way for a modern retail and leisure space in Nuneaton, where future generations buy toys and each chip batches!