River Island to open at new Hereford location

In 2010 a city centre fire damaged River Island in High Town, forcing it to close.

In 2010 a city centre fire damaged River Island in High Town, forcing it to close.

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LIKE a phoenix from the ashes, River Island is to Hereford as part of the Old Market after, in 2010, its High Town store closed following damage sustained during a major city centre blaze.

The new store will be located on Auctioneers Way and will “help Hereford stay on trend”, said a statement from the development's management company.

The Old Market’s centre manager, Scott Lahive, said: “We can’t wait to welcome River Island.

“It’s a fantastic addition to Old Market adding to our already impressive fashion line-up.”

The original River Island was damaged by the High Town fire that ripped through neighbouring store The Card Factory in October 2010.

Since then a long-running dispute over insurance payments had seen repair work stall.

However Herefordshire Council issued a statement last June indicating that the situation was resolved, despite little sign of improvement since on site.

There's no official opening date as yet for the new River Island outlet on Old Market.

  • Fashion store Joules is opening its doors this Thursday at the Old Market.

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3:09pm Tue 5 Aug 14

AylestoneVoice says...

The work in High Town has hardly stalled. The owners have pocketed the insurance money and have walked away. It seems only if they get a tenant that they will rebuild.
Of course the Council could do more - taking legal action - but they are just too lily livered. They would much prefer to say they are "having constructive talks" while the owner laughs at them!
The work in High Town has hardly stalled. The owners have pocketed the insurance money and have walked away. It seems only if they get a tenant that they will rebuild. Of course the Council could do more - taking legal action - but they are just too lily livered. They would much prefer to say they are "having constructive talks" while the owner laughs at them! AylestoneVoice
  • Score: 11

3:23pm Tue 5 Aug 14

NOT CONVINCED says...

Don't be negative about Councillor Johnsons administration. They are doing a wonderful job, and I'm sure their well deserving top quality highly paid chiefs are doing their best.
Don't be negative about Councillor Johnsons administration. They are doing a wonderful job, and I'm sure their well deserving top quality highly paid chiefs are doing their best. NOT CONVINCED
  • Score: -5

3:30pm Tue 5 Aug 14

The Russian 1 says...

NOT CONVINCED wrote:
Don't be negative about Councillor Johnsons administration. They are doing a wonderful job, and I'm sure their well deserving top quality highly paid chiefs are doing their best.
You seem to have misspelled chefs!
[quote][p][bold]NOT CONVINCED[/bold] wrote: Don't be negative about Councillor Johnsons administration. They are doing a wonderful job, and I'm sure their well deserving top quality highly paid chiefs are doing their best.[/p][/quote]You seem to have misspelled chefs! The Russian 1
  • Score: 6

10:35am Wed 6 Aug 14

dodger3 says...

The burnt out buildings are such an eyesore-is it four years since the fire. I am sure there must be some sort of legislation to force owners to rectify-would,nt happen in Oxford street.
The burnt out buildings are such an eyesore-is it four years since the fire. I am sure there must be some sort of legislation to force owners to rectify-would,nt happen in Oxford street. dodger3
  • Score: 8

12:02pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Houdini80 says...

Hardly a phoenix from the ashes. Look at the state of the place!!!! What are Hereford council like? come to Hereford and see for yourself. Again, another business blackmails the council with complete withdraw from the city, and once again the council bends over and takes one for the county. Lot of seagulls there too, and they only tend to hang around one of two places, the sea or dumps. Go figure
Hardly a phoenix from the ashes. Look at the state of the place!!!! What are Hereford council like? come to Hereford and see for yourself. Again, another business blackmails the council with complete withdraw from the city, and once again the council bends over and takes one for the county. Lot of seagulls there too, and they only tend to hang around one of two places, the sea or dumps. Go figure Houdini80
  • Score: 11

3:39pm Wed 6 Aug 14

nickt2635 says...

I was talking with a pensioner from Barnstable in high town yesterday and she said that she and her husband love Hereford and try for a long weekend here every couple of years but this is the last time because they loved the cattle market and were so sad to see it gone and the city centre looked absolutely filthy and run down, all European shops, pound shops and charity shops! And she was disgusted at the scaffolding and burned out shells still there two years after her last visit! All her words not mine but she was echoing what the majority think of Hereford nowadays.
I was talking with a pensioner from Barnstable in high town yesterday and she said that she and her husband love Hereford and try for a long weekend here every couple of years but this is the last time because they loved the cattle market and were so sad to see it gone and the city centre looked absolutely filthy and run down, all European shops, pound shops and charity shops! And she was disgusted at the scaffolding and burned out shells still there two years after her last visit! All her words not mine but she was echoing what the majority think of Hereford nowadays. nickt2635
  • Score: 13

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