Burgers on menu at Circus

Gourmet Burger Kitchen will move in to the Regent Circus development

Gourmet Burger Kitchen will move in to the Regent Circus development

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GOURMET Burger Kitchen is the latest restaurant company to announce it is taking a unit at the new Regent Circus development.

The national chain has signed up to take one of two vacant units at the site with negotiations to fill the one remaining restaurant space ongoing.

When the complex is complete it will be home to a multi-screen Cineworld cinema, Morrisons supermarket and restaurants including Nando’s, Ask, Jimmy Spices, Coal and Prezzo.

Ashfield Land, which owns the site, said it is delighted to welcome Gourmet Burger Kitchen to the development.

James Digby, a director at Ashfield Land, said: “I am delighted to confirm that the Gourmet Burger Kitchen has signed to occupy a unit and be part of this exciting scheme.

“They are a fantastic addition to our exciting line-up.

“We are currently talking to a number of well-known companies about taking the remaining unit.”

James said that he expects the building work at the site to finish in September. The units will be fitted out by their tenants.

The supermarket will open in the autumn with the remaining businesses expected to open in the winter. Initially, it was hoped the whole site would open together.

The building work at the site has encountered some delays.

James said: “I would say we are now in the final stages of construction and we would expect building to be finished around mid-September. At that stage we will hand everything over to the tenants for fitting out so I would expect everything to open at either the end of the year or early next.

“We have had a few delays but that is construction. Everything is still progressing well and it will open as planned.”

A meeting is being held tonight giving residents the opportunity to discuss any issues they may have about the new road layout around Regent Circus which has previously caused concerns. It will start at 6.30pm at the Civic Offices.

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10:23am Thu 7 Aug 14

South Stand says...

This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.
This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news. South Stand
  • Score: 1

10:38am Thu 7 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading.

The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.

If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.
To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 21

10:51am Thu 7 Aug 14

Al Smith says...

South Stand wrote:
This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.
Oh for @%$!s sake, it's a wonder any business wants to open in Swindon with smart alec attitudes like that. People moan about how Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff have better facilities and then the second a restaurant chain that happens to have branches in those towns opens here up pops someone else to moan about.

People say we get the politicians we deserve, perhaps we also get the town we deserve?
[quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.[/p][/quote]Oh for @%$!s sake, it's a wonder any business wants to open in Swindon with smart alec attitudes like that. People moan about how Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff have better facilities and then the second a restaurant chain that happens to have branches in those towns opens here up pops someone else to moan about. People say we get the politicians we deserve, perhaps we also get the town we deserve? Al Smith
  • Score: 20

10:58am Thu 7 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Al Smith wrote:
South Stand wrote:
This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.
Oh for @%$!s sake, it's a wonder any business wants to open in Swindon with smart alec attitudes like that. People moan about how Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff have better facilities and then the second a restaurant chain that happens to have branches in those towns opens here up pops someone else to moan about.

People say we get the politicians we deserve, perhaps we also get the town we deserve?
So you really think that Swindon is on a par with those other towns then even with the new development? Maybe if we did have the town we pay for no one would need to moan. Having said that, having watched more than a few programmes on how most burgers are made I wouldn't eat one (or a sausage) if it was free!
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.[/p][/quote]Oh for @%$!s sake, it's a wonder any business wants to open in Swindon with smart alec attitudes like that. People moan about how Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff have better facilities and then the second a restaurant chain that happens to have branches in those towns opens here up pops someone else to moan about. People say we get the politicians we deserve, perhaps we also get the town we deserve?[/p][/quote]So you really think that Swindon is on a par with those other towns then even with the new development? Maybe if we did have the town we pay for no one would need to moan. Having said that, having watched more than a few programmes on how most burgers are made I wouldn't eat one (or a sausage) if it was free! house on the hill
  • Score: -8

11:25am Thu 7 Aug 14

Isthisthebestswindon cando says...

Well I'm looking forward to trying them when they open - great stuff :)
Well I'm looking forward to trying them when they open - great stuff :) Isthisthebestswindon cando
  • Score: 17

11:34am Thu 7 Aug 14

Davey Gravey says...

I don't get why people are running this development down?
Are they the same people who say the town centre is run down etc?
This is the start of town centre improvements and I for one think this is well overdue.
I don't get why people are running this development down? Are they the same people who say the town centre is run down etc? This is the start of town centre improvements and I for one think this is well overdue. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 9

11:53am Thu 7 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

house on the hill wrote:
Al Smith wrote:
South Stand wrote:
This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.
Oh for @%$!s sake, it's a wonder any business wants to open in Swindon with smart alec attitudes like that. People moan about how Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff have better facilities and then the second a restaurant chain that happens to have branches in those towns opens here up pops someone else to moan about.

People say we get the politicians we deserve, perhaps we also get the town we deserve?
So you really think that Swindon is on a par with those other towns then even with the new development? Maybe if we did have the town we pay for no one would need to moan. Having said that, having watched more than a few programmes on how most burgers are made I wouldn't eat one (or a sausage) if it was free!
Of course Swindon isn't on a par... but the new College development is at least one step towards giving the town some of the standard, mid-market eateries that people around the country now expect as a bare minimum.

Until now, we've not had any of them.

The College development can't possibly solve all the problems and make Swindon compete on its own, but it might just be the start of full-scale redevelopment and attracting some better national names into the town.

The old Next premises, for example, could be turned into a really decent restaurant/bar if one of the better chains picked up the contract. In fact, the whole top end of town could be gentrified if the College development is a success (and I believe it will be).
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]South Stand[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news. It's about time that Swindon had a restaurant that sells burgers. Now we have the choice of about twelve. Once again, fantastic news.[/p][/quote]Oh for @%$!s sake, it's a wonder any business wants to open in Swindon with smart alec attitudes like that. People moan about how Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Cardiff have better facilities and then the second a restaurant chain that happens to have branches in those towns opens here up pops someone else to moan about. People say we get the politicians we deserve, perhaps we also get the town we deserve?[/p][/quote]So you really think that Swindon is on a par with those other towns then even with the new development? Maybe if we did have the town we pay for no one would need to moan. Having said that, having watched more than a few programmes on how most burgers are made I wouldn't eat one (or a sausage) if it was free![/p][/quote]Of course Swindon isn't on a par... but the new College development is at least one step towards giving the town some of the standard, mid-market eateries that people around the country now expect as a bare minimum. Until now, we've not had any of them. The College development can't possibly solve all the problems and make Swindon compete on its own, but it might just be the start of full-scale redevelopment and attracting some better national names into the town. The old Next premises, for example, could be turned into a really decent restaurant/bar if one of the better chains picked up the contract. In fact, the whole top end of town could be gentrified if the College development is a success (and I believe it will be). Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 12

11:54am Thu 7 Aug 14

The Real Librarian says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.
QUOTE
The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.UNQUOTE

Yeah.

Now all we need to do is sort out the parking, poor road access and scruffy bits, and we are on to something
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.[/p][/quote]QUOTE The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.UNQUOTE Yeah. Now all we need to do is sort out the parking, poor road access and scruffy bits, and we are on to something The Real Librarian
  • Score: -1

12:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
Sandor Clegane wrote:
To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.
QUOTE
The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.UNQUOTE

Yeah.

Now all we need to do is sort out the parking, poor road access and scruffy bits, and we are on to something
Totally agree... but a start is a start and it has to happen somewhere.

If this development *wasn't* happening, where would we be? We'd ONLY have the scruffy bits.

There is plenty of road access, it's just that they decided to make them bus lanes and halve the access during the times people are most likely to use the town centre.

The parking thing doesn't really make sense in this context as there's a 350 space car park going in as part of the new development and two other huge car parks within 5 mins walking distance of it.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.[/p][/quote]QUOTE The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.UNQUOTE Yeah. Now all we need to do is sort out the parking, poor road access and scruffy bits, and we are on to something[/p][/quote]Totally agree... but a start is a start and it has to happen somewhere. If this development *wasn't* happening, where would we be? We'd ONLY have the scruffy bits. There is plenty of road access, it's just that they decided to make them bus lanes and halve the access during the times people are most likely to use the town centre. The parking thing doesn't really make sense in this context as there's a 350 space car park going in as part of the new development and two other huge car parks within 5 mins walking distance of it. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 11

1:42pm Thu 7 Aug 14

roberto5 says...

This development is good for people who live in Swindon, however this won't draw people in from other nearby places. We need better shopping for that.
This development is good for people who live in Swindon, however this won't draw people in from other nearby places. We need better shopping for that. roberto5
  • Score: 5

2:47pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CllrDJGAZZAperky@HaydenMaSS says...

SBC know what is best for all of us and I have the utmost faith in them to provide better facilities.
Their actions have already improved leisure services as long as I can drive door to door we will all be happy
SBC know what is best for all of us and I have the utmost faith in them to provide better facilities. Their actions have already improved leisure services as long as I can drive door to door we will all be happy CllrDJGAZZAperky@HaydenMaSS
  • Score: -8

4:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Eastcott says...

Well done Adver! Only about four weeks late with the news.
Well done Adver! Only about four weeks late with the news. Eastcott
  • Score: 2

9:03pm Thu 7 Aug 14

SAVE_UK_MANUFACTURING says...

The Real Librarian wrote:
Sandor Clegane wrote:
To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.
QUOTE
The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.UNQUOTE

Yeah.

Now all we need to do is sort out the parking, poor road access and scruffy bits, and we are on to something
The developers and SBC need to tidy up the access route/roads into the town centre if they want to attract people from out of town, Manchester Road and Corporation Street spring to mind.
[quote][p][bold]The Real Librarian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: To be fair, GBK is a significant cut above the other burger places already in Swindon. Good to see them here and at least bring us some way closer to pretending parity with the likes of Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Reading. The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money. If that happens, hopefully the more upmarket and higher quality companies may finally see a reason to open here.[/p][/quote]QUOTE The town needs these mid-market chains in order to, hopefully, stimulate some interest in people staying in Swindon at the weekends and evenings rather than travelling to the aforementioned towns and cities to spend their money.UNQUOTE Yeah. Now all we need to do is sort out the parking, poor road access and scruffy bits, and we are on to something[/p][/quote]The developers and SBC need to tidy up the access route/roads into the town centre if they want to attract people from out of town, Manchester Road and Corporation Street spring to mind. SAVE_UK_MANUFACTURING
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

As soon as the plebs take root in there it will be the same as the rest of town. Some extremely robust security will be needed.
As soon as the plebs take root in there it will be the same as the rest of town. Some extremely robust security will be needed. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 1

9:47am Fri 8 Aug 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
As soon as the plebs take root in there it will be the same as the rest of town. Some extremely robust security will be needed.
Ah, great, the name cloner returns - well done.

You've been reported.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: As soon as the plebs take root in there it will be the same as the rest of town. Some extremely robust security will be needed.[/p][/quote]Ah, great, the name cloner returns - well done. You've been reported. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 2

10:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

GBK is a great chain, upper market and it will be a great addition in Swindon together with Nando's, it will save me trips to Bristol that's for sure.
GBK is a great chain, upper market and it will be a great addition in Swindon together with Nando's, it will save me trips to Bristol that's for sure. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: 1

10:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

Swindon_AOK says...

This is really good news, however I can't help but be a little disappointed that they could not attract a greater variety of offerings. I was really hoping for Wagamamas, La Tasca, or an upper market bar like All Bar One.

What we have is good but is basically pizza, chicken and burgers - all very mainstream and safe operators.

Shame they missed the opportunity to include additional leisure facilities like bowling or a small live music venue.

It's a start but will it be enough to attract the middle classes, or simply become a hang out for the youf (and hence quickly become off limits to exactly those who they are hoping to attract?)
This is really good news, however I can't help but be a little disappointed that they could not attract a greater variety of offerings. I was really hoping for Wagamamas, La Tasca, or an upper market bar like All Bar One. What we have is good but is basically pizza, chicken and burgers - all very mainstream and safe operators. Shame they missed the opportunity to include additional leisure facilities like bowling or a small live music venue. It's a start but will it be enough to attract the middle classes, or simply become a hang out for the youf (and hence quickly become off limits to exactly those who they are hoping to attract?) Swindon_AOK
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

themagicroundabout says...

Swindon_AOK wrote:
This is really good news, however I can't help but be a little disappointed that they could not attract a greater variety of offerings. I was really hoping for Wagamamas, La Tasca, or an upper market bar like All Bar One.

What we have is good but is basically pizza, chicken and burgers - all very mainstream and safe operators.

Shame they missed the opportunity to include additional leisure facilities like bowling or a small live music venue.

It's a start but will it be enough to attract the middle classes, or simply become a hang out for the youf (and hence quickly become off limits to exactly those who they are hoping to attract?)
Wagamamas is opening at the outlet village
[quote][p][bold]Swindon_AOK[/bold] wrote: This is really good news, however I can't help but be a little disappointed that they could not attract a greater variety of offerings. I was really hoping for Wagamamas, La Tasca, or an upper market bar like All Bar One. What we have is good but is basically pizza, chicken and burgers - all very mainstream and safe operators. Shame they missed the opportunity to include additional leisure facilities like bowling or a small live music venue. It's a start but will it be enough to attract the middle classes, or simply become a hang out for the youf (and hence quickly become off limits to exactly those who they are hoping to attract?)[/p][/quote]Wagamamas is opening at the outlet village themagicroundabout
  • Score: 1

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