Bedford Borough Council has moved closer to revitalising Bedford High Street with its status as the preferred bidder for the iconic Debenhams store.

This development is part of the council’s commitment to reinvigorate the town’s retail and commercial areas.

Mayor Tom Wootton stressed the importance of this acquisition, stating that it aims to breathe new life into Bedford’s High Street, creating a thriving hub for the local community. This purchase is a part of a larger vision to ensure the future prosperity of Bedford Borough.

Councillor Andrea Spice, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Planning, explained that this purchase aligns with the council’s Town Centres’ vision unveiled in September, which seeks to make Bedford and Kempston town centres more appealing to residents, businesses, and visitors.

The council’s plan is to transform these areas into vibrant hubs offering a mix of retail, community services, leisure, cultural activities, and residential spaces while preserving their historical and cultural significance.

Bedford Borough Council is also eager to collaborate with partners to attract new tenants and create an environment that reflects Bedford’s dynamic spirit.

The acquisition of the Debenhams store is seen as a significant step towards a brighter future for Bedford’s town centre.

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