High Street matters: safes removed from closed HSBC branch, a sale and another restaurant closure
Monday evening in Marlborough High Street (May 8): it may have looked like the most flagrant bank raid the town had ever seen. In fact it was a specialist crew with a very specialist truck removing several very large safes from the Marlborough High Street branch of HSBC.
These were the safes in which HSBC used to keep your cash. The branch closed at 3pm on Friday, May 5 - so in less time that it takes to clear a cheque, the building was being emptied ready for sale.
A crane reached right in through the front door of the former branch to lift the safes onto the truck. It certainly took more men, muscle and engineering skill than it takes to change the proverbial light bulb.
A property sale a bit further towards that end of the High Street may not bring any material change. The premises at 143 High Street which house Costa Coffee are for sale. This is an 'investment' prospect and Costa has a long term lease which should not be affected by the sale.
The premises to be sold are the ground floor and basement and the asking price is £700,000 - which comes to about £403 per square foot.
And the former charity shop at 1-2 Kingsbury Street is still being offered to let - at an annual rent of £22,000.
Just round the corner from Costa, behind the Town Hall was the recently opened Thai restaurant Nang Noi - it replaced the popular Tapas Bar which had replaced the Indian restaurant which....
The Nang Noi closed on April 18 and a website note goes a little way to explain the owners' sudden departure: "Hi everyone - sorry to tell you that due to a significant change in our personal circumstance - we decided that Nag Noi Thai will no longer trade and we have left the premises...we are both very grateful for the support and encouragement shown by all our customers - and leave with a heavy heart."
This is a loss for the town as people we have spoken to found the food there to be outstanding. One very satisfied customer said he had had his best ever Thai meal there. And the Tripadvisor reviews were very positive indeed.