This has to be one of the most historically interesting properties that we have had the pleasure of being involved with.
Originally a house believed to be of early 17th century origins, then becoming a shop at some point in the mid 1700’s, recently purchased and beautifully restored to an exceptionally high standard by our client Trailfinders, for their 33rd stand-alone Travel Centre in the UK and Ireland.
Acting on behalf of retained client Trailfinders, Lewis Craig have recently acquired properties in St Albans and Guildford, both now open, as well as a relocation property in Cardiff currently being fitted out.
The St Albans Travel Centre, which opened in March 2014 is located at 3 Market Place, alongside the famous 15th Century St Albans Clock Tower close to the junction of High Street.
This Grade II listed property, has dual frontages to Market Place and French Row and comprises an overall 1750 sq ft. The property has been sensitively restored to preserve the distinctive character and appearance of the locality, although there were some interesting setbacks during the fit-out as can be expected for a building of this age!
June saw the opening of Trailfinders Guildford Travel Centre, located at 146 High Street, occupying a prime position in this highly sought after High Street with a line-up that includes House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, etc. The property offers some 1700 sq ft over ground and first floors.
The Cardiff property, located in the heart of the city in busy pedestrianised Queen Street, is situated alongside the entrance to Queens Arcade and close to Cardiff Castle. Currently being fitted out the property which provides a ground floor retail area of some 2,300 sq ft along with additional ancillary space, is scheduled to open in October, as a relocation from 37 St Mary’s Street where Trailfinders have been located since 2005.
Lewis Craig, property advisers to Trailfinders, negotiated the freehold acquisitions of all three properties.
Contact Richard Grossman for further information and on Trailfinders continuing requirements.