Author Archives: Alan Bunce

About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.

In for a pound

Two new tenants at Reading Link Retail Park will hardly have the masses rushing to get in their cars and head for the shops. Iceland and Poundworld, getreading has reported, are signing up to move in. This seems an increasing … Continue reading

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Lost for Wordplay

The struggle for independent shops to stay afloat has now hit one of Caversham’s most admired. When Worldplay closes at the end of the month, it may just be the last of any independent in the area, other than a … Continue reading

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Second Friday’s

Popular as it was the Tampopo restaurant on The Oracle Riverside has given way to a second TGI Friday’s outlet in a move which is slightly out of step with the centre’s usual policy. It’s rare for The Oracle to … Continue reading

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Chinese puzzle

It seems no local media has had any feedback from Chinese firms in Reading about the stock market crash. Even if they have approached any, it’s unlikely they would get a positive response. The ominous looming disaster is one of … Continue reading

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First Place

The proposed deal for Scottish & Southern Energy¬†to move into One Forbury Place is massive in more than one respect. It’s the first major deal in 2015 in Reading town centre¬†but it may also allow development of the SSE site … Continue reading

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Unfit for King’s

A Saturday afternoon and despite being next door to The Oracle, King’s Walk is deserted. A mall with empty unit after empty unit sits side by side with one of the top shopping destinations in the south which boasts sky … Continue reading

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Staples diet

Ok it was a Friday afternoon but I would still have thought a trip to Staples in Forbury retail park would have resulted in my coming across one or two other customers. But the truth was there were two others … Continue reading

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