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Unique Stroud building is sold

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An empty Grade II-listed Stroud building has been sold.

Previously run as a fast food outlet, the three-storey, period, grade II listed, town centre building on George Street has been sold by Andover-based chartered surveyors Stratfords Commercial.

The distinctive building is a popular Stroud landmark and operated as M.D. Whiteoak chemist during the 1970s and 80s and in more recent times was known as The Krunch, a clothing business. Latterly it was a skateboard shop before finally being run in recent times as Charcoal Grill.

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Many readers will remember the premises as a chemists

Stroud Times reader Shaun Dowdeswell hopes the news owners will consider turning part of the building into accommodation and preserve the distinctive bow windows.

He said: “It would be nice to see the building restored and used again and maybe a grant could be used to restore the shopfront and the upper floors could be used for much needed flats.”

A Stroud District Council spokesperson said: “The building is Grade II listed and any works which affect that status would need to be the subject of planning permission and listed building consent. We are aware of the building’s condition and have contacted the owner to discuss a way forward. The owners are aware of their responsibilities and a planning application and a listed building consent application are expected shortly.”

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The shop in George Street was once a clothes shop

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