Following yesterday’s Manchester 235 post, Ciara Leeming emailed to point to her latest blog entry:
Manchester institution Afflecks Palace appears to be under threat as the city’s redevelopment frenzy continues.
In a story I wrote for today’s Manchester Evening News, traders tell how the building’s landlord, Bruntwood, has so fair failed to give them any information about what will happen when the lease expires on June 14.
Particularly telling is a letter sent by Afflecks’ leasing company (not Bruntwood) to its sub-letting traders, saying:
We may find ourselves priced out of our own market. The rent you pay for your stall would at the very least double, which would make it unviable for most of you to continue and no longer viable for us as operators to continue to run.
The article has already attracted several comments – Vincent claiming ‘Manchester is losing its soul’, for example – and will inevitably be followed by much debate about Afflecks, the Northern Quarter and Manchester redevelopment generally.
I personally think the prospect of Afflecks Palace becoming a block of luxury flats or offices is an appauling one. But, as the Hacienda testifies, these things do happen in Manchester.
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