Cavendish House in Cheltenham reopens to shoppers with pop-up stalls

A group picture of the businesses owners stood outside Cavendish House.
-Credit: (Image: Will Luker)


A Cheltenham icon on The Promenade that shut its doors just over six weeks ago has reopened for a new temporary business venture. April 2024 was the month when House of Fraser at Cavendish House closed for the final time, but now the ground floor is bustling with around 30 pop up traders who have set up their stall and ready to sell to customers.

Labelled as a mini indoor market, examples of businesses set up include clothing, homeware, jewellery, plants and much much more. Gloucestershire businessman, Harry Khan of AB Properties, has been the driver behind the idea to take on the lease of the building with Canada Life the site owners.

Confirmed that this is only temporary for a minimum of a year with a view to extending for a potential second and third year, Harry said: "We want to promote small businesses here. They rarely get an opportunity in Cheltenham and small businesses have many hurdles to get a place on the high street so this a big opportunity for them."

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A picture of Sian Mortiss, of Bramble and Bloom Flowers. Sian is stood at her stall with an array of colourful flowers on display
Sian Mortiss, of Bramble and Bloom Flowers, is one business owner inside Cavendish House. -Credit:Will Luker

Plans are also being developed to turn the old Caffe Nero space into a food court and the second floor of the building could be used as a performing arts space.

Sian Mortiss, of Bramble and Bloom Flowers, is one of the business owners inside Cavendish House. Starting her business in August 2023 Sian has had bouquets and blooms on sale at numerous markets such as Cheltenham Farmers' Market on The Promenade and pop-ups at Neal's Yard in Montpellier.

Promoting the new venture via social media to help not just her own business but others within the space, Sian said: "I'm so happy as Cavendish House is a big part of Cheltenham. The closure has had an impact on businesses in the town and we all saw it coming. For small businesses who can't afford rent and with business rates being stupid, for me this is an accessible space that can be open and it does suit a lot of us here."