5 businesses we have lost and 5 we have gained in 12 months


Le Petit Four is one of the cafes that has closed down in the city centre (photo: John Baker)

As we head towards the end of the third national lockdown as part of the roadmap to recovery, let's look at five businesses we have lost and five that we have gained since lockdowns began on March 23, 2020. 

Lost - Le Petit Four

Le Petit Four were one of the first businesses to go during the first national lockdown; they closed their doors and never reopened. On April 22, one month into the lockdown, the meeting was held to confirm the resolution for winding up Le Petit Four, at 42 Bridge Street. CFS Restructuring LLP has been registered as the official liquidators. The chairs, tables and a build-up of post remains inside the store. 

Gained - Beales

Beales closed its doors last year prior to the national lockdown, but during the last 12 months, a decision was made to save the business and it is now preparing to reopen in May. 

Lost - John Lewis

In the latest business news for the city, the closure of John Lewis is a devastating blow to Queensgate shoppers. Many have described it as the heart of the shopping centre and "irreplaceable". The closure was confirmed just days ago, on March 24. 

Gained - Costa

We have a new Costa store coming to Peterborough and opening next week! It will be replacing the former Pret A Manger which closed during the early stages of lockdown last year. 

Lost - Pret A Manger

Just as businesses were preparing to open back up, Pret A Manger confirmed it would be closing down. Peterborough was one of the 30 stores that didn't reopen after the first lockdown.

Gained - Glo Golf

Glo Golf hasn't opened yet due to restrictions but this is truly great news for Peterborough. As the first solo adventure golf place for people of all ages in the city, it's no surprise that the popularity of this business has already soared. They're hoping to open on May 18, should restrictions allow. 

Lost - Outfit / Topshop / Topman

The Arcadia Group closure hit a lot of businesses and retail centres in the city. Queensgate, Serpentine Green and Brotherhood all took a hit with these losses as it was confirmed that all Outfit stores would be closing and Topshop and Topman would move online-only through ASOS. 

Gained - German Doner Kebab

German Doner Kebab came at the wrong time, but they have still managed to absolutely thrive. As a popular franchise business, people were excited for it to come to Peterborough, and although they have only had one day of dine-in service so far, their takeaways have allowed the business to keep beating their goals; it's likely to remain popular once lockdown lifts. 

Lost - Tamu

As one of the very first desert lounges in Peterborough, Tamu has a special place in the public's hearts, with many remembering it's original placement on Broadway. However, during the first lockdown, they also confirmed their closure; though plans have now been approved for a new cafe and cocktail bar called Blind Tiger. 

Gained - Lost World

The opening of Lost World was heavily anticipated by our readers. Everyone loved it. It was possibly one of our most engaged with stories to date. Located in Serpentine Green, the soft play centre previously owned by Vivacity drummed up a lot of buzz, and although they're no longer a part of Vivacity, Nene Park Trust have taken it on and will be opening the centre when able.