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£4million Arnold Market Place includes post office, pet shop, delicatessen and wine tasting

A multi-million pound investment in Arnold town center will see new businesses and the opening of a post office within weeks.

The development is called the AMP, which stands for Arnold Market Place, and was completed and handed over to Gedling Borough Council today (October 11).

The £4m retail project will house a wine tasting experience outlet, cat and dog paraphernalia and treats shop, patisserie and open delicatessen next to the post office, which will moved from Worrall Avenue.

There is also a top floor which has the potential to be a restaurant or office space.

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Gedling Town Council leader John Clarke said it would be the “crown jewel for Arnold”.

The post office will open later this week and other businesses will follow later in October and early November.

Arnold's Market Square

It is the largest investment Arnold Town Center has ever seen, which Councilor Michael Payne (Lab), Deputy Leader of Gedling Town Council, says is huge for the area’s economy.

The site was originally slated for a spring opening before Covid-related delays. It was then planned to open in April or May 2022.

Arnold's Market Square

Yaz Nuqul, the founder of Cat Dog Limited, said his business will offer accessories from British brands and local products. It hopes to be open at the end of October.

He said, “I left the corporate world after 11 years with a strong career to come and start this business.

“I was looking to start my own business and had a new pup and when we were shopping for products we found that we had to go to many different places to get stylish and unique products.

“The idea was a one-stop-shop for cats and dogs with products that you usually can’t find on the high street.

“A lot of companies have been going through a tough time in recent years with the pandemic, so this is a great opportunity to get new start-ups that can bring something different to the region.”

Gedling Borough Council purchased the land in 2018 and began work on the
construction in 2020.

The site was home to Arnold’s Market for over 50 years and merchants moved to nearby Eagle Square during the works.

Plans are in place for traders to stay put, subject to consultation.

Cllr Payne admitted it had been a “long, tedious and sometimes frustrating process” following delays in opening.

He said: “We had to get our hands on the private market because the council didn’t own it, and then we had to get the site built and there was trial and testing along the way.

“What really pleases me is that the money is invested in Arnold.

“For too long we have seen the central government ignore Arnold and pump money into places like Mansfield and Newark.

“I worked in this market when I was a teenager and it was the beating heart of downtown. What I want to see is bring some energy and buzz back to downtown.

“Arnold has been through all kinds of challenges and he always bounces back thanks to his people. His strong sense of community will make this place thrive.

James Carson, owner of Taste First – a tasting room and wine shop that also sells door-to-door tasting vouchers and plans to hold private events for small businesses.

Mr Carson, who has been in the wine business for five years, said: ‘We started the business in February 2020 and then went into lockdown in March.

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James Carson, owner of Taste First

“It was really good because it gave us time to do everything.

“I think it’s a very good thing the council have done, they’re supporting the local people.”

Funding for the project came from Gedling Borough Council’s capital program budget, bolstered by a successful £1.25 million bid from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund.

The project has created around 40 new jobs thanks to the companies
employment and through the construction of the new building, which has a number of energy efficient designs, including 51 solar panels and rainwater holding tanks.

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