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Work begins on the new Bensons For Beds store at Worcester’s Elgar Retail Park

WORK appears to have begun relocating a furniture store to a city business park.

Furniture chain Bensons for Beds is set to move from Worcester’s Blackpole Retail Park to nearby Edgar Retail Park, according to a new planning app.

Latest photos show that work is currently underway in the business park and a proposal submitted to Worcester City Council has sought permission to put up cool purple Bensons for Beds signs at the front and back of the old empty Maplin store.

The unit previously housed the electronics store before it closed in 2018 after the company went into operation.

Bensons for Beds already has a store in nearby Blackpole Retail Park off Blackpole Road, which it shared with parent furniture store Harveys until it closed in 2020 when the company went into administration.

Bensons for Beds was saved at the last minute despite going into administration alongside Harveys.

Moving Bensons for Beds would mean a unit is left empty in Blackpole Retail Park for a potential new occupant.

The Costa coffee chain and Greggs bakery were the latest additions to the city’s retail park with the opening of two new stores at the end of last year.

The two popular chains, plus a tanning salon, opened in a 397 square meter “pod” next to the M&S Foodhall, which opened in 2019, and replaced 31 parking spaces.

It’s not the first time a store has switched between Worcester’s two adjoining retail parks with expansion works at Next in 2019 leading to the relocation of the Halfords auto center to Blackpole Retail Park to make way for a larger clothing store to add to the company’s existing household goods and future store.

Work is also continuing to convert another former city furniture store into the former Worcester Bed Center in City Walls Road, which has been taken over by the Salvation Army.

McCarthy and Stone had revealed plans to redevelop the City Walls Road site into 57 assisted living apartments, but those proposals were ultimately shelved.