House of Fraser: Readers react after Chichester site is bought

Readers of this newspaper have shared their opinions following the news that the iconic House of Fraser site in West Street has been bought.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:19 am
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:22 am

This week, the landlord of the West Street building, Savills Investment, confirmed the site was sold in December 2019.

Read the full story here: House of Fraser: Mystery surrounds owners of iconic Chichester siteObserver readers took to social media to share their views about what they would like to see at the site.

Jacqueline McGlone would like to see it turned into a 'discovery museum'.

House of Fraser in West Street, Chichester

Mary Smith said: "Save the original school facade and move it to the rear of the space. Then have small attractive market stalls (on two or three sides) surrounding a plaza with seating opposite the cathedral."

Lauren Francis Elizabeth said: "I would love it to be John Lewis with clothing as well as home... Instead of the retail park one... It could have a cafe, really miss having a dept store in town."

Emma Louise said: "I would like to see a Primarni just for the increase in footfall. Helps all the little businesses in the process!"

Paul Marshall suggested: "A community lead repair centre. To mend things instead of throwing them away. Bikes, laptops, kitchen appliances and utensils, anything. A real repair workshop."

Si Macca said: "Whatever the outcome, it has to be far more positive than seeing such a wonderful building dormant... It certainly will never be a Primark. Relax."

Lizzie Lel said: "Primark! Not sure why this doesn't happen. Time and time again loads of people say they want it.

"Why aren't the people of Chichester listened to? Put it in and see what happens!! I don't think there would be any loss to the city!"

What are your views? Let us know by emailing [email protected]