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Changes at Queensgate: Clinton's leaving, golf centre arriving

Popular card shop Clinton’s based in Queensgate is closing its doors this Friday, January 21.
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A closing down sale is currently ongoing at the shop, and staff told customers they are sad to close but due to a "lack of footfall and rising rent and running costs", the shop is unable to survive. 

Queensgate has three further shops specialising in greeting cards which has also been seen as a “contributing factor” for the closure.

Alongside the John Lewis closure in March last year, Queensgate has lost out on big retailers including Next and TopShop and Virgin Travel. 

But things might start to look up again for the shopping centre with the new extension including plans for a cinema and food court. 

Furthermore, a licence application was submitted to Peterborough City Council on Wednesday (January 12) for a new indoor mini golf centre.  

The Original Bowling Company Limited has applied for a license to open Puttstars - a miniature golf venue, which will be based on the first and second floor levels of the shopping centre.  

According to the information in the application, the venue will also have live music including occasional karaoke, film screening and dance performances. Indoor mini golf competitions and other similar competitive events can be held within the venue.  

Apart from this, the venue is likely to serve hot food and drinks as well including late-night refreshments.  

If the venue is given the go-ahead, it will operate between 10am and 1am, Monday to Sunday.  

Peterborough Matters is awaiting further details of the location within Queensgate, and a likely opening date.

Over the past few months, some of the empty units have now been occupied with new businesses moving into the shopping centre including TK Maxx, Holland and Barrett, Cards Direct, Watch Hub, Bubble Ci-Tee and a new children’s clothing and shoe shop in the Westgate Arcade. 

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Last week Peterborough Matters revealed that the Handmade Burger Company is coming back to the Westgate Arcade once again.

Despite challenges during the pandemic, Queensgate continued to power through its multi-million-pound refurb, with the second phase of work began in 2020. Cranes have been spotted around the shopping centre, especially near the bus station as Queensgate powered through the renovation works. 

The £60million refurbishment is promising a new experience for shoppers including a 10-screen cinema and more retail options. 

Away from Queensgate, the city centre in general is awaiting the opening of new hospitality venues including Franco Manca and a new venue offering "the best coffees and tapas during the day and finest cocktails, wines, spirits and bottled beers in the evening" is on the cards for Peterborough in Bridge Street, should planning permission be granted.