Majestic Wines will be the first store to open in the newly completed Gardiner Place (formerly Market Place Mews). It is taking the left-hand unit backing on to Kings Road car park.
Majestic Wines, CEO John Colley said, “We are delighted to announce our intention to open a new branch of Majestic Wine this year in Henley and are hoping to open in mid to late November.”
Henley is a town we have been hoping to enter for a number of years, so finding the right location for our new store was vital. We know we already have a number of customers in the area, and our new team are eager to get started and help residents discover some fantastic new wines, beers and spirits – as well as taking advantage of our free tasting counter, delivery services and expert advice.
This is our first Majestic store to open in a new location for five years and we couldn’t be more excited for our arrival in this vibrant, beautiful town. Particularly as (fingers crossed) we’ll be opening our doors just in time for Christmas with a wave of fantastic deals and a bespoke range. I’m sure, like all of us, the residents of Henley will be in need of a fantastic bottle or two this year more so than ever.”
The planning application for the new signage for the Majestic Wines shop was reviewed by the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday evening. It was recommended refusal because it included illuminated lighting and this does not adhere to the Town Council’s or SODC’s signage policy in a conservation area.
The car park entrance (nearest the Town Hall) which has been closed whilst the development has been built was due to open a month ago. Henley Mayor and District Councillor Ken Arlett has been chasing SODC who are causing the delay with paperwork being signed off. Ken said, “I wrote an email to the SODC officer a week ago and haven’t even received a reply. I shall be writing again today.”
Update 19 October: The paperwork has finally been sent by SODC for Catalyst Capital to carry out the signage and white lining starting on Sunday 25 October. The entrance is then hoped to be opened by end of October.