Store on site of old BR offices

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Dunelm have opened a new store at the Portal Retail and Business Park on Queens Drive.
The new Lord Mayor, Cllr.Mohammed Saghir, opened Dunelm’s relocated store, cutting the ribbon and welcoming customers on 1st June.

I couldn’t get on opening day, but visiting triggers mixed emotions.
The store lies next to the site of Furlong House where I worked for 16 years, first with British Rail Computing.
This site is connected to the superhighway and should have been capable of supporting hundreds of IT office jobs.
Like it did when I worked there.
John Peyton House is still there (bottom middle) – once host of the second best data centre in Europe.
And we’d hoped that the Meadows Way West tram stop (bottom left) would help the case for new office jobs.

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