Hinckley’s forgotten former town centre Kwik Save placed on property market

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 29 November 2023

HINCKLEY’S former town centre Kwik Save supermarket which closed a total of 16 years ago back in 2007 has finally been placed back on the property market.

Kwik Save, Regent Street (Image: Mason Moore)

The former discounter, based on Regent Street near The Baron, has been marketed multiple times with different agents, but has never re-opened as anything new.

The last time that it was publicly being advertised as a retail opportunity was six years ago, through commercial property agents Andrew & Ashwell.

It has been hailed as something of an eyesore by town-goers, as it now seemingly sports patches of damp at the top, multiple promotional posters, wooden boards covering the front door, and is mainly being used as a makeshift bin storage area.

However, that could soon change. It is now being marketed by Wards, a surveyors and estate agents who are based on Station Road, in close proximity to the Market Place.

In recent months, Wards have marketed many properties which have since been found tenants, namely soon-to-open bar Epicurean Lounge, eatery Dessert Lounge, and the town’s first ever gay bar, Electric Chapel, which is set to open this Friday.

The property is “suitable for a variety of uses”. It is being arranged over two floors.

The Hinckley Free Press quizzed town-goers on who they would like to see take the space on. Some suggestions put forward were for an Asian fusion restaurant, kids-wear and menswear retailer, or even a chain restaurant such as Wagamamas.

Another suggested that it could be split into various units to create more retail spaces.

This isn’t the only empty space in the town centre to finally be put on the market after a long period of sitting vacant. Two others include the former Eat Lean and Hinckley Mega Chippy, which are currently being marketed by O’Brien Lettings Agents.

Further details on the former Kwik Save can be found on the property brochure.

New ‘OW Local’ app launches to help boost Oadby and Wigston businesses

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 28 November 2023

OADBY and WIGSTON town-goers can now recieve exclusive offers from borough businesses using a newly-launched app named ‘OW Local’.

Pictured: Zaid Khalifa, Coun. Samia Haq, Coun. Lee Bentley, Laura Roberts, and Tony Nelson (Image: OWBC)

The app – created in partnership with award-winning tech firm Bubltown using funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund – encourages visitors and residents to shop locally and support businesses across Wigston, South Wigston, and Oadby.

It also serves as an ‘e-commerce hub’, allowing businesses to sell and advertise their products and services. Over 100 different businesses from a variety of sectors, such as food and drink, beauty, retail, and leisure, have listed themselves on the app already.

The app can be found on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store by simply searching for ‘OW Local’.

Borough business who want to sign on up can register their interest by simply sending an email to business@oadby-wigston.gov.uk.

Anyone who downloads the app before Monday, 4 December, will be automatically entered into prize draw to win a Christmas hamper, worth £100, from Wigston Deli.

Coun. Lee Bentley, Deputy Leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, said: “We have some great shops and businesses in the borough and I hope that OW Local will help residents and visitors alike to discover them and provide them with a boost.

“This is an exciting platform and I am delighted to see that so many businesses have already signed up for the opportunity to raise their profile and connect digitally with potential customers, which is crucial in this increasingly online world.

“Shopping locally is so important for the future of our highstreets, and I really encourage everyone to download this app, make use of some of the excellent deals and see what is on offer on their doorstep.”

Equipment being moved and taken out at Hinckley’s former Sticky Sisters eatery

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 27 November 2023

SIGNS of activity have been spotted inside Hinckley’s former Sticky Sisters eatery.

Equipment is being both moved and taken out (Image: Vaughan Moore)

Eagle-eyed Crescent shoppers have noticed today that cooking equipment, among other items have been moved around inside of the former restaurant, which has sat untouched since quietly closing its doors back in mid-November last year.

Images sent to the Hinckley Free Press show this includes A-boards, dust bins, fridges, as well as other cooking and frying equipment. The customer ordering desk has been taken out, while all of the dining areas still remain completely intact.

The unit has sat untouched for a total of 11 months, though the Free Press understand that its former owners still do have ownership of the space.

One possibility of its future lease of life is that it could be another ‘pop-up place of worship’, such as the former Louisiannas Chicken, near Costa, which can now be booked out and freely used as a prayer room by any religious groups in the area.

Another possibility is it could simply be used as a restaurant under a different brand.

No new planning permission or premises licence has been submitted at the time of publication (Monday, 27 November), providing little to no hint at any future use.

Elsewhere in The Crescent, East Midlands-based bakery chain Butterwick are poised to take over the former I Due Vulcani Italian restaurant. Planning permission for signage has been approved, but no further plans or time frames have been revealed.

Police appeal to find ‘wanted’ Nuneaton man, 20, following altercation outside town centre fast-food restaurant

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 26 November 2023

POLICE have launched an appeal for information to find a wanted 20 year old man following an altercation allegedly involving knives in Nuneaton on Thursday night.

Pictured: Aaron Murphy (Image: Warwickshire Police)

Warwickshire Police officers are looking for information on the whereabouts of wanted 20 year Aaron Murphy, who is from Nuneaton, but has links to the nearby towns and cities of Hinckley, Bedworth, Coventry, Leamington, and Birmingham.

According to a police spokesperson, Murphy is wanted following a reported serious assault on Thursday night (23 November), outside a fast-food restaurant on Queens Road in Nuneaton town centre.”

The ‘serious’ assault incident is linked to an altercation on the road which involved three males outside of the town centre eatery, where two men are reported to have pulled out knives, which seen another man sustain a slash wound to the head.

The two males who had reportedly pulled out the knives had allegedly left the area, and were reportedly seen to be attempting to intimidate passers-by.

That same night, a 20-year-old male from Nuneaton was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, and for causing violent disorder following this incident.

Murphy is recorded as being approximately 170cm (5ft 6in) in height and of a proportionate build.

Police have issued a ‘do not approach’ warning to any members of the public who see him, and stressed that they should directly contact the force instead.

“If you see Murphy, do not attempt to engage with him, and call the police immediately”, reads a statement posted to the force’s official website.

Residents and town-goers with details can report them online, by calling 101, or anonymously through independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Former Nuneaton cocktail bar placed on property market

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 25 November 2023

A FORMER Nuneaton town centre cocktail bar has been placed on the property market.

It is being marketed as a ‘bar lounge’ (Image: Vaughan Moore)

That is the R28 Lounge on Bond Gate, near Newdegate Street and Bridge Street, which has sat untouched since its licence was revoked by the council back in September.

The property is being marketed by local letting agents Loveitts, who have revealed through an online listing that its price tag is set at £38,000 per annum.

If taken on by new occupants, it could be used as a bar once again – though a new premises licence would have to be put forward – or even as a coffee shop.

Loveitts have also noted that it could be used by other businesses in the ‘Class E’ use, such as a shop retail space, office, restaurant, gym, or doctors, to name a few.

An excerpt of the property description reads: “The property comprises a prominently sited and attractively refurbished cocktail lounge and bar comprising split level accommodation with a feature bar area and modern fitted ladies, gents and disabled WC facilities, together with a cellar area, small office, and store.”

This is not the only business space on the road to have been marketed by Loveitts in recent times. Another is The Acorn Centre, next door to Nuneaton Denture Studio.

As well as this, Bond Gate is expected to play home to a new eatery named ‘The President’. It was first going to be named No. 7 Dining, and was set to open last year, but it has since been hit by ever-prevalent delays with no further update at present.

Tigers make it back-to-back wins with away triumph over Gloucester

Gloucester 20-38 Leicester Tigers

Mark Farmer | Chief Sports Reporter | 25 November 2023

LEICESTER’S VICTORY at Kingsholm makes it their seventh in a row over Gloucester in a fixture named the Slater Cup, to honour of the former Gloucester and Tigers player Ed Slater, who was forced to retire last year after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Ollie Hassell-Collins scored two of Tigers’ four tries at Kingsholm (Image: Getty)

In typical fashion it was Handre Pollard who put Tigers ahead with a close range penalty before Gloucester fly-half George Barton, who could only slot two of his five first-half attempts, put the home side in front.

The final 10 minutes of the opening half would have no doubt pleased Tigers head coach Dan McKellar as Pollard restored the lead with two penalties closely followed by a converted Ollie Hassell-Collins try to establish an eight-point cushion going into the interval.

The arrears would soon be reduced from eight to one after the break as ex-Tigers hooker George McGuigan went over following a rolling maul.

Not to be outdone by his opposite number, Julian Montoya touched down for Leicester to allow Pollard to add the buffer, the try coming as both teams had a player in the bin with Barton and Ollie Chessum each ordered to serve 10 minutes off the pitch.

Hassell-Collins’ second try of the match, and fifth of the season, came minutes after Gloucester back row Jack Clement was shown a yellow card for the third game running before front row replacement Jamal Ford-Robinson registered a five-point score of his own despite the visitors carrying a man advantage.

Tigers went into today’s visit to Kingsholm as the only Premiership team not to claim a try bonus point this season, something Tongan international Solomone Kata ensured would not continue with a score in the final play of the game.

The commanding victory sees Leicester jump two places from ninth in the table.

Line-ups

Gloucester: Carreras, Rees-Zammit, Harris, Atkinson, Thorley, Barton, Young; Vivas, McGuigan, Balmain, Clarke, Alemanno, Thomas, Ludlow (c), Clement

Replacements: Socino, Elrington, Ford-Robinson, Clark, Donnell, Chapman, Atkinson, Hillman-Cooper

Leicester: Steward, Bassett, Scott, Kelly, Hassell-Collins, Pollard, B Youngs; Cronin, Montoya, Heyes, Henderson, Chessum, Liebenberg (c), Reffell, Wiese

Replacements: Clare, Whitcombe, Cole, Wells, Rogerson, Whiteley, Shillcock, Kata

Camp Hill flat closed after ‘persistent anti-social behaviour and alleged criminality’

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 24 November 2023

A FLAT in the Camp Hill area of Nuneaton has been closed by police officers and the borough council following ‘persistent anti-social behaviour and alleged criminality’.

Balmoral Court, Camp Hill (Image: Google)

The force and authority worked together to dish out a closure notice to a property housed inside the Balmoral Court flat block. The former tenant had reportedly been causing alleged criminality and anti-social behaviour at the site since February.

Warwickshire Police officers paid a visit to the property ‘several’ times before they decided to act and finally bring the closure order into action.

According to a statement which was issued by a Town Hall spokesperson yesterday (23 November), the full closure order now means nobody can access the property for three months – though this could even be extended to six months if necessary.

The borough council have been quick to act in stopping acts of anti-social behaviour at flat blocks in recent weeks. Just two weeks ago, they removed a group of several anti-social squatters from Coronation Court on Mount Street, near Upper Queens Road.

“Our anti-social behaviour team is working tirelessly to make sure our communities are improved and the people who are a disruptive are removed”, said Coun. Clare Golby, the council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities. “This council will not stand idly by while people create havoc, disrupting the lives of others”.

She further added: “Council officers and Warwickshire Police have demonstrated their commitment to community safety by swiftly obtaining a closure order for the flat in Balmoral Court.

“The tireless efforts to combat persistent anti-social behaviour and alleged criminality shows our dedication to creating secure and harmonious neighbourhoods.

“We stand united against those who disrupt the peace. I hope this is sending a clear message that we will use the full force of the law to safeguard our communities.”

Tardis lands in Nuneaton town centre to commemorate 60 years of Doctor Who

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 23 November 2023

AN out-of-use phone box in Nuneaton town centre has been transformed into a Tardis to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who today (23 November).

The Tardis’ on Coventry Street (Image: Mason Moore)

That is the phone booth on Coventry Street, behind the H. Samuel jewellers and in close proximity to the Tea Rest bubble tea shop and independent Mardin Barbers.

The Hinckley Free Press spotted the TV show tribute this afternoon. As part of its Tardis transformation, the booth has been coated in the trademark blue paint.

A printed notice stuck to the bottom of the booth says: “Police telephone free for public use”, alongside a sticker promoting the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who.

Inside, there are many nods to the show’s many different villains from over the years, all of which have been written in-universe, in the forms of fictional advertisements.

Various nods to the show’s villains (Image: Mason Moore)

One such reference is to ‘The Weeping Angels’ – a group of blink and you’ll miss it killer statues – telling passers-by: “Don’t blink and miss out. We will make time stand still for you.”

Another one of the posters is for a Dalek pest control service, stating they promise to ‘exterminate’ pests. It simply reads: “No pests too big. We’ll exterminate them all.”

To mark the occasion this evening, BBC Four shown a colourised version of the first Dalek story, which was ‘remastered’ into an hour and 15 minute viewing.

The Dalek stories were originally seven 25 minute long episodes, but have been given a ‘cosmic makeover’ to appeal to modern audiences, also featuring a brand new score.

This was then followed by a showing of ‘An Adventures in Space and Time’ – a dramatised account of how Doctor Who first came to our screens.

Atherstone man arrested and charged with seven counts of shoplifting in Wokingham

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 22 November 2023

A MAN, aged 36, from Atherstone, has been arrested and charged with seven counts of shoplifting in Wokingham, following an investigation by Thames Valley Police.

A stock photograph of a police officer holding a notebook (Image: Joe Giddens/PA)

Dean Austin, of Old Farm Road, Atherstone, close to the Leicestershire border, was charged with seven incidents of shoplifting in Wokingham, Berks., between 12 July and 14 July 2022, where products totalling up to more than £265 were reportedly stolen.

Investigating officers at Thames Valley Police (TVP) initially believed that the suspect behind the thefts was a resident living at an address in North Warwickshire.

They then notified Warwickshire Police, who issued an appeal through their Atherstone and Coleshill Police social media channels last Thursday (16 November).

And, two days ago (Monday, 20 November), Austin was arrested and charged with seven counts of theft from an unnamed shop in the Wokingham area.

He is set to appear in Reading Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 6 December.

Exclusive: New Leicestershire burger chain opening three sites – and the first will launch in Hinckley

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 21 November 2023

A NEW independent burger brand is set to open three sites across the county, with their inaugural one opening in Hinckley, the Hinckley Free Press has exclusively learnt today (21 November).

A stock image of a burger (Image: Valeria Boltneva/Pexels)

The new East Midlands-based venture is named Beef ‘N Shake and has been founded by three friends and self-proclaimed ‘like-minded foodies’ from Hinckley, who told the Free Press they “have always liked to eat, drink, and create amazing food together”.

Their flagship and first store will open in the new year, on Regent Street in the heart of Hinckley town centre. It is currently unknown which unit they are planning to take on.

But, what is known is that it will be open every day of the week. On Mondays to Thursdays, it will trade from 5pm to 10pm. And, on Fridays to Sundays, it will trade from 12pm to 12am, where diners can order food for delivery, or collect in-store.

As the name suggests, they will serve up a variety of burgers, milkshakes, hot dogs, and light snacks.

Once that branch is open and serving hungry Hinckleyans, they will then create two new additional sites in Leicester city centre and Nottingham city centre respectively.

A spokesperson for Beef ‘N Shake further added: “Our hobby quickly led us to opening this burger restaurant – a place where people from all over the East Midlands can meet to enjoy our special dishes and comfortable atmosphere.

“Freshness and creativity are our favourite ingredients. Our menu is varied and the service is unmatched. If you’re looking for a superb culinary experience, pop in to see us.”

They are already recruiting, with vacancies for a Store Manager, Server, and Delivery Drivers available. Those interested can send their CVs to beef.shake@outlook.com.

For further details on the brand, including when an opening date is officially announced, you can ‘like’ them on Facebook and ‘follow’ their Instagram.

Beef ‘N Shake are one of the many eateries which are headed to Hinckley soon. Others opening up include the Butterwick Bakery, Epicurean Lounge, and The Old Bank Cafe.