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Plan for empty Carphone Warehouse in Nottingham city centre will be ‘brilliant for the area’

Shoppers have backed plans to turn a former Carphone Warehouse in the city centre into a takeaway – saying ‘it would be brilliant for the area’.

The boarded-up shop in Albert Street, off Old Market Square, was previously home to Carphone Warehouse.

The proposed revamp comes after the company announced a plan to close smaller standalone stores, with a focus on selling mobile devices through stores within Currys PCWorld and also online.

Plans have been put forward to open a takeaway in the empty building, situated in a conservation area.

People in area said they were “all for” a new eatery – as others called for more variety on the street.

Hamza Aziz, 35, from Basford, who works for Sky, said: “I think it would be brilliant for the area.

“We’re short of good eating places – it’s my father’s birthday today and we’re having to travel outside of Nottingham to Leicester for our favourite places to eat because there’s nothing in Nottingham.”

Jonathan Norman, 30, who lives in the city centre, in St Peter’s Square, said: “I don’t think it would be out of keeping with what’s already in the area.

The empty shop in Albert Street, Nottingham city centre.
The empty shop in Albert Street, Nottingham city centre.

“There are food options around and it’s something people bought a lot through the pandemic, so it’s an industry that’s growing and, if it can help the economy and help people earn a bit of extra money, then I’d be all for it.”

Lucy Thomas, from West Bridgford, who works in public relations, said: “There is not an awful lot of food outlets down here, just Greggs and McDonald’s so I think a bit of variety would be a good thing.

“If you have a browse around the shops and get something to eat, I think that’s a good thing because there have been a lot of phone shops down this stretch, so something that is not a phone shop would be nice.”

Tom Davidson, 30, who lives in the city centre, said: “Everything is the same nowadays and you want something with a bit of variety, especially late at night where all you can get is unhealthy food, so it would be nice to get something healthier there if possible.”

The application for the takeaway was submitted on behalf of David Sullivans Childrens Partnership.