End of the road for High Street eyesore
WORK is under way to transform a Gillingham eyesore into a High Street asset, thanks to an entrepreneurial town businessman.
Andrew Jackson, 21, who owns Netplay, has taken on the lease of the former Tudor Newsagents and Stationers building on the High Street.
He and a team of willing volunteers have been busy during the last week tidying up the interior ahead of relocating the computer workshop business to the premises next month.
The former newsagents has stood empty for several years, and been a point of contention among town residents eager to see the High Street revamped.
Mr Jackson revealed that when he had first established Netplay three years ago, the former Tudor Newsagents building had been one of the buildings he had first considered renting.
"The newsagents closed about six months after I first moved to Gillingham," said Mr Jackson.
"Ever since then it has been sitting there empty, which I always found a bit sad."
Mr Jackson revealed that Netplay was rapidly outgrowing its current home on School Lane and he had been forced to look at relocating.
He said: "The work has been going pretty well.
"I have a deal with the landlord which means that we are responsible for sorting out the interior, but we get some definite perks for doing that and we get to build it to our own design.
"The inside has been cleaned out quite well and we are just doing some plastering work.
"We're hoping to get most of the decorating done at the weekend.
"It's not quite as bad inside as people think it is, but the work that needs doing is very time consuming.
"It's all in hand and we're getting there, it's just a case of keeping going and getting everything done in time for our opening."
Mr Jackson hopes to open the doors to the building to customers next month.