Regeneration plans for future of Jacks a ‘Golden Opportunity’ for the town

The latest plans to revitalise a much-loved historic building in the heart of Colchester town centre are to be discussed by Colchester Council later this month.

Jacks, the store where you could buy household goods, camping supplies, hardware, tools, clothing, shoes and work-wear, closed in 2013 after a drop in customers.Then owner, Dave Williams cited “internet shopping, out-of-town shopping centres with free parking” as reasons for the decline.

If plans are agreed by the Colchester Borough Council cabinet on Wednesday 31st January, the empty premises at 5-6 St Nicholas Street and 60 Culver Street would be revamped.

This would enable the council to lease out the building in a drive to help continue to support the area’s economic growth and to create new jobs.

The area will soon see Curzon cinema open with plans to invest in St Nicholas Square and the regeneration of The George Hotel  also in the works.

Cllr Darius Laws (Con), Castle Ward said “I’m passionate about seeing historic buildings take on a new lease of life.

“In respect of Jacks, it is in my humble opinion, a golden opportunity to undertake a significant improvement to the public realm around the long awaited St Nicholas Square (the former Church graveyard).

“With a mixed use development planned for the former Co-op building, Primark in the area and the development of the old Entertainer building, Jacks is almost the final tick in the box.

“People have been talking about a public square since the 1960s and now is the time to deliver a public square which can support both the day and night time economy.”

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