A SHOP in Hereford city centre has revealed its plans to expand to the unit next door because it doesn't want to leave.

Mountain Warehouse has asked Herefordshire Council if it can knock through to the shop next door, which used to be home to GAME.

The gaming chain recently moved in Sports Direct's new home in Commercial Street, next to Flannels, which are all owned by Mike Ashley's Frasers Group.

If Herefordshire Council agrees to listed building consent for the plans, then the wall which divides 12 and 13 High Town would be removed.

This would "create a single retail unit for the existing tenant Mountain Warehouse", a shop specialising in outdoor clothing and equipment.


Consultants working on the scheme said Mountain Warehouse would like a larger shop and wanted to extend rather than leave for another unit.

They said access to the site is from High Town and the Maylord Shopping Centre service area, and no changes are planned.

But they could want to change the shopfront in the future because of how the two shops are becoming one.


More details on that would be published in due course, they said.

The three-storey building, over a basement, is grade II-listed so Herefordshire Council must agree to work before it is carried out.

Comments on application 221269 can be made until May 19, with planner setting June 9 as a target date for a decision.