Fashion retailer Next to move into former MacDonalds site

Chichester city centre received a big boost this week, with an announcement that the giant Next fashion retailing chain is to move into the former 19th-century Corn Exchange building, in East Street.

The imposing property, with its massive Doric columns, was previously occupied and owned by McDonalds, the fast-food restaurant business, which sold it to the current owner, a private investment company.

The closures of McDonalds, Tesco and Dixons in the central shopping area had led to concerns about its future.

But the vote of confidence by a company widely regarded as the UK's leading fashion retailer will give a major lift to the local retailing scene.

HMV are also poised to open a new store in the same street – in premises previously occupied by a Tesco supermarket.

Full report in the June 23 issue of the Chichester Observer