Empty former Virgin Megastore on Castle Meadow in Norwich to reopen

New life is set to be breathed into a city store that has stood empty for almost three years.

The second floor of the former Virgin Megastore, on Castle Meadow, is currently being fitted out by workmen to allow one of the most prominent empty shops in Norwich to once again be used.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) are set to be the store's new tenants in the new year, the charity bringing a new furniture and electrical store to add to its smaller store on London Street.

The three-floor store closed in February 2009 when it was a Zavvi music store and largely stood empty until September this year, when toy shop Hawkin's Bazaar moved into the bottom floor.

The second floor will now also be brought back into use, with the third floor not being used for shop space.

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Victoria Merrison, marketing manager at The Mall Norwich, greeted the news, saying: 'We're delighted that BHF will be opening a store at Castle Meadow in the new year.

'We decided to split the former Zavvi store into 2 units to accommodate the space Hawkin's Bazaar and BHF required.

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'To have this prime unit filled is great news for The Mall and for Norwich.'

BHF is planning to re-open the store on Wednesday, January 4 and is appealing to the people of Norwich to help make the store a success.

The store will stock a variety of household goods, including sofas, chairs, beds and wardrobes, as well as electrical items such as TVs, Hi-Fis, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers.

Mike Lucas, BHF retail director, added: 'With the support of the Norwich community, we are hoping to make this new BHF Furniture and Electrical Store a huge success.

'We need to fill the store with donated goods before we open so we are urging people if they are having a clearout to book a free collection with us. It's an easy way to support the nation's heart charity.'

As long as items are in good condition, BHF can arrange a free collection which can be booked at www.bhf.org.uk/collection or by calling 0844 848 9601.

Do you know of a new shop opening in Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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