Trading times for the Centre**
Mon – Sat: 8am – 6pm
Sun: 10am – 4pm
Bank Holidays: 10am – 4pm

* Bank Holidays and Christmas trading times may vary.
**Extended trading times apply to leisure operators

Update from Streetlands Ltd on the sale of The Merrywalks Centre Mon 1st May 2017

Due to the retirement of Bill Wrather, the sole shareholder of Streetlands ltd, The Merrywalks Centre and associated properties are on the market and are to be sold in due course.

Discussions have taken place with various parties most recently with Dransfield Properties who are currently developing plans for significant investment.

Streetlands Ltd are aware of the importance of their centre to the viability and attractiveness of Stroud and hope the purchaser will fully engage with all stakeholders to ensure their investment complements the many great qualities the town already has and fully contributes to and enhances its future vitality.

Streetlands Ltd are aware that a letter has been sent by Dransfield Properties Ltd to the planning department regarding certain applications in the area and referring to future investment in The Merrywalks Centre.
Streetlands Ltd have seen the letter on the planning portal but were not party to the letter before its submission.

Notwithstanding Streetlands were not party to the letter from Dransfield Properties, the contents of that letter aligns with beliefs that Streetlands Ltd have expressed to Stroud District Council’s officers and elected members over the time of their ownership of The Merrywalks Centre.

Streetlands Ltd have had a long relationship with Stroud District Council and have numerous discussions with them about initiatives and policies to support the viability of Stroud and its surrounding town Centres.
Streetlands Ltd continue to believe that, in relation to existing and any further out of town retail developments in the Stroud area, these invariably undermine the viability of the nearby towns be it  Stroud, Stonehouse, Nailsworth  or any other.

Streetlands Ltd accept that the topography of the 5 valleys area makes the provision of sites for large supermarkets difficult to deliver in a way that is not detrimental to the existing town centres. They feel that the 3 major branded supermarkets already surrounding Stroud town centre have been located as well as possible and are sufficient for the needs in the area. The previously consented scheme on the Avocet site next to Sainsbury’s is, in Streetlands’ opinion, an over provision for large stores (50,000sqft +) in the area but such a store here would be unlikely to further damage the town centres but rather cannibalize the local supermarket demand.

Streetlands Ltd feel budget supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl are different from the larger operators and do provide another significant risk to town centres but again, given the topography of Stroud, there is little opportunity for sites for the 20,000sqft plus format in the town centres.

Streetlands Ltd wholeheartedly concur with the point made by Dransfield Properties that further sites for any form of supermarket should not be considered while the Avocet site remains undeveloped. This site as a location for a budget store would provide healthy competition for Sainsbury and those shoppers already shopping by car or catered for by existing established alternative transport options.

With regard to other retail store types  Streetlands Ltd believe, in addition to any new initiatives to be put forward by Dransfield Properties, there are sufficient sites within the town centres both already consented and readily deliverable to accommodate store formats from 5,000 to 12,000 sq ft and the Council, through its officers and elected members, should continue to seek to promote these truly sustainable locations and opportunities ahead of sites that encourage further drifting away from the established centres 

Have a 'cracking time' this Easter Wed 12th Apr 2017

There's lots to see and do in Merrywalks this Easter. As well as our Easter hunt (see previous news) there is a bumper schedule at Vue Cinema with Peppa Pig, Boss Baby and Fast & Furious 8 all showing!

The whole family can head to Stroud Bowl too!

And there's lots on offer for food from a leisurely Brunch at Curio Lounge or a take out from Hotcha or Domino's.

Happy Easter from everyone at Merrywalks.

Have an egg-shell-ent Easter with Merrywalks Wed 5th Apr 2017

Spring has sprung and the Easter Bunny has hopped into Merrywalks Shopping Centre in Stroud this week, ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.
The whole centre is feeling egg-static about the upcoming holiday and shops from Wilko and Select and leisure facilities from Vue Cinema and Curio Lounge have all joined forces for the centre's largest joint competition in its history.
Children of all ages can collect an entry form from most stores including Argos, Store 21 and Go Mobile from Friday 7th April and be in with a chance of winning one of several Easter treats with a total value of over £300. An egg hunt with a difference will spring up across the whole of Merrywalks and children are looking for 24 printed Easter Eggs across the windows of  the outlets in the centre, each coloured egg has a letter printed on. Find all 24 letters and solve the riddle to be in with a chance of winning. Drop your completed entry form back by Saturday 22nd April.
Speaking ahead of the trail William Wrather, owner of Merrywalks Shopping Centre said; "Easter is a great time for families to spend some time together and we wanted to offer our young customers a fun activity that should have them hopping around Merrywalks this Easter. I'd like to thank all the outlets for getting involved and I hope everyone has a cracking time."
Prizes include:
BlueTooth Speaker from O2
New Look Vouchers
Easter Eggs from Wilkos
Cinema Vouchers from Vue Cinema
Bowling Vouchers from Stroud Bowl
Anytime Fitness pass
and much more.

Stores taking part:

Anytime Fitness, Argos, Curio Lounge,Domino's Pizza, Go Mobile, Hinds, Hollywood Nails, Home Bargains, Hotcha, Hot House, Master Cobbler, New Look, O2, Phonetek Stall, Poundland, Pink Planet, Roman, Savers, Select, Store 21, Stroud Bowl, Trutex, Vue Cinema, Wilko.