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Ash

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Re: Cardiff Retail

PostFri Jun 08, 2018 11:33 pm

Lyndon wrote:As mentioned above, there is a lot of internal, windowless space in Howells, which will make a residential/hotel conversion more difficult than in David Morgans, which had a nice, long frontage onto the Hayes.


Yes, but Howells is sort of the opposite of David Morgans in that it has a 'nice, long frontage' on Saint Mary Street.

The internal space could be released by reopening the courtyard in front of Bethany Chapel (which is buried inside Howells, but more or less complete) with a short atrium/arcade joining it to the central market.
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Re: Cardiff Retail

PostSat Jun 09, 2018 5:06 pm

Ash wrote:I'm not sure what the current status is but until relatively recently the Howells estate was larger than just the current store and included the building currently housing Waterstones as well as the Borough pub.


According to Howells Wikipedia article, they did at one time own the building across the street and used it as a car selling business, but it was eventually sold to David Morgans. The House of Fraser archive site seems to suggest that when they bought Howells in 1972, they only bought the shopping business, not the car business.
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Re: Cardiff Retail

PostSat Jun 09, 2018 5:07 pm

Found this picture in the House of Fraser archives, it's from 1925 and I assume the non-blurred out parts represent what Howells owned at the time

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