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Lewis Craig Blog Archive

Trailfinders Worcester Store Opens

This has to be one of the most historically interesting properties that we have had the pleasure of being involved with.

Originally a house believed to be of early 17th century origins, then becoming a shop at some point in the mid 1700’s, recently purchased and beautifully restored to an exceptionally high standard by our client Trailfinders, for their 33rd stand-alone Travel Centre in the UK and Ireland.

All on Schedule for Trailfinders 2014 Openings

Acting on behalf of retained client Trailfinders, Lewis Craig have recently acquired properties in St Albans and Guildford, both now open, as well as a relocation property in Cardiff currently being fitted out.

The St Albans Travel Centre, which opened in March 2014 is located at 3 Market Place, alongside the famous 15th Century St Albans Clock Tower close to the junction of High Street.

This Grade II listed property, has dual frontages to Market Place and French Row and comprises an overall 1750 sq ft. The property has been sensitively restored to preserve the distinctive character and appearance of the locality, although there were some interesting setbacks during the fit-out as can be expected for a building of this age!

June saw the opening of Trailfinders Guildford Travel Centre, located at 146 High Street, occupying a prime position in this highly sought after High Street with a line-up that includes House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, etc. The property offers some 1700 sq ft over ground and first floors.

The Cardiff property, located in the heart of the city in busy pedestrianised Queen Street, is situated alongside the entrance to Queens Arcade and close to Cardiff Castle. Currently being fitted out the property which provides a ground floor retail area of some 2,300 sq ft along with additional ancillary space, is scheduled to open in October, as a relocation from 37 St Mary’s Street where Trailfinders have been located since 2005.

Lewis Craig, property advisers to Trailfinders, negotiated the freehold acquisitions of all three properties.

Contact Richard Grossman for further information and on Trailfinders continuing requirements.


Liverpool Flagship for Trailfinders

Trailfinders new Liverpool Travel Centre is now open for business, located in the retail heart of the city at 36 Whitechapel, directly opposite the exclusive Metquarter shopping centre.

The stunning property, purchased freehold by our client, has dual frontages to Whitechapel and Williamson Street and extends to 8,200 sq ft arranged over ground, first and second floors. The property was previously occupied by Liverpool City Council as a showcase to welcome tourists for the 2008 capital of culture year.

Trailfinders have divided the ground floor to provide an exceptionally well fitted 2,400 sq ft travel centre, along with an attractive new self-contained retail unit created of some 900 sq ft fronting Williamson Street where we are now seeking a suitable retail tenant.

The self-contained first and second floor office space, comprising 4,900 sq ft, fitted to a high standard is being marketed through Robin Evans of Matthews & Goodman.

Lewis Craig, property advisers to Trailfinders, negotiated the freehold acquisition, involving a simultaneous surrender of the lease between Liverpool City Council and the previous owners of the property.

Contact Richard Grossman for further information and on Trailfinders continuing requirements.




Trailfinders – City of London relocation

Acting on behalf of our retained client Trailfinders, Lewis Craig have advised and negotiated on their relocation to 38 Poultry EC2 as well as negotiating the surrender transaction on their former premises at 1 Threadneedle Street where the landlords are undertaking a re-development.

The long haul travel specialists moved just a couple of hundred yards to their new premises located between Bank Station and Cheapside. The premises, which opened on 20 June, offer some 3,800 sq ft, arranged over ground and basement floors.

Trailfinders, established in 1970 and the UK’s largest independent travel company, have a long established City of London presence having been operating out of 1 Threadneedle Street since 1999.

Contact Richard Grossman for further information on Trailfinders continuing requirements.