Victoria’s Residence of Fraser to shut following 150 a long time


ne of central London’s oldest section merchants is established to close subsequent summer time following 150 decades.

The Victoria branch of Home of Fraser, which started as Army & Navy in 1872, looks destined to be part of West Conclude names these kinds of as Debenhams and Dickins & Jones that have shut for superior.

Preparing officers at Westminster council have supplied their backing to strategies to demolish the Victoria Street developing and switch it with a £750 million business and stores improvement.

The proposal, from Canadian-owned assets investor BentallGreenOak, goes in advance of Westminster’s setting up committee on Tuesday and is possible to be accredited.

If it goes through, the store will keep on to trade till subsequent summer season, when there is a crack clause in the lease, and will be demolished later on in the yr.

Options lodged with Westminster display that the 390,000 sq ft present-day Southside advancement wherever Residence of Fraser is primarily based would be knocked down and changed with a 16-storey, 630,000 sq ft plan with up to 20 shop units as very well as dining establishments.

There will also be a new village square supplying a public route via the centre of the building between Victoria Avenue and Howick Location.

Planning officers say that the developer argues that the office shop is currently paying out no hire and is “incongruous with recent market place trends, which they state has viewed a change from significant section outlets in direction of more compact scale adaptable retail units which meet regional needs”.

BentallGreenOak purchased the website for £103 million in 2005. Its improvement director Alexander Morris wrote that the development proposals will transform the “tired” Seventies Southside into “a new location for residents, business office employees and holidaymakers to Westminster”.