Chichester's House of Fraser under offer as bid made for major city building

The former House of Fraser and Army and Navy building in West Street is under offer — what could be planned for the historic site?
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The property was bought in 2019 and this newspaper learned that plans were underway to ‘repurpose’ the listed building with the district council expressing the need for an ‘active frontage’ on the ground floor, and the developer hoping to build flats above the ground floor.

This week, the landlord of the West Street building, Savills Investment, said the building is once again under offer with the price retained for those who make a bid.

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The popular department store shuts its doors for the last time on January 27, 2019,after the company went into administration and was subsequently bought by Sports Direct which made the decision to close the site.

House of Fraser in West StreetHouse of Fraser in West Street
House of Fraser in West Street

The Savills website has described the site’s key features: “Mixed use redevelopment scheme (subject to planning), unique location opposite Chichester Cathedral, approximately 70,000 sq. ft. (6502 sqm.) three trading floors (existing layout) , all alternative uses to be considered, freehold offers invited.”

Chichester residents have called for discount retailer Primark to take over the building but the company remains firm that a move into Chichester would be unviable with large stores in Portsmouth, Crawley and Brighton.

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