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Bakery bringing in the dough at revamped area of Plymouth

A business which opened in a rejuvenated part of the city has enjoyed phenomenal success in just a few weeks’ trading.

The Rise Bakery, in Frankfort Gate, sold out of bread in its opening weekend and continues to see plenty of demand for its sweet and savoury treats.

The Rise owner, Lloyd Inwood – who also runs the The Terrace restaurant on the Hoe – made a conscious decision to open his new business in the West End of town thanks in part to our regeneration of the area.

As well as owning a number of commercial premises in and around Frankfort Gate, we also own the residential flats above the retail units.

We have replaced the concrete walls on the side of the residential blocks with contemporary panels and we will be carrying out more works in the coming months.

Plymouth City Council and the City Centre Company have also revamped Frankfort Gate to attract more visitors into Plymouth once Covid restrictions ease.

Work has included adding LED strip lighting around trees, refurbished seating, extra planting, new street lighting and power points for events.

The footbridge over Western Approach has been demolished and there are plans for a play area in Frankfort Gate. Planting and other environmental work has also been carried out in Market Avenue and Cornwall Street.

Chloe Winslet, Head of Marketing at The Rise, said: “We are all local to Plymouth and Cornwall and we grew up watching changes around the city centre especially the West End. We all want to build a local community down here. We can see the changes already.

“We’ve heard lots of changes are going to be coming to Frankfort Gate. The play area that’s being planned will be exciting. It will bring more families down to this area and make it a nice place to shop and relax with children.

“We are getting people on their daily walks coming in to the bakery to buy a cup of coffee. There are lots of flats near here and if they’re in walking distance, we’re in a good location for them. It’s perfect for people to pop in and get a coffee or breakfast or lunch.

“We sold out of everything for the first three days. It was our soft launch so we were trialling products. We had to close down for five days and expand our production unit in Saltash to meet demand.”

In the coming months, we also plan to install replacement handrails to communal walkways, improve site drainage, carry out essential building repairs and remove redundant fixtures and fittings.

We hope to make residents feel safer in their homes by replacing the communal entrance doors with new secure aluminium security doors.

Ian Frazer, Head of Asset Management, said: “It’s important for us to invest in the independent quarter of the city and we hope that this new look will help bring further trade to businesses in the vicinity.

“These works are just the start for the West End area. We will be moving up through the Harwell Centre, Harwell Courts and Morley Courts later this year and hope to consult with residents once we have developed the works package to a more mature stage.”

The Frankfort Gate project is part of a city-wide £7m investment by us into projects that will improve buildings and breathe new life into neighbourhoods throughout the city.

Ian added: “We want to invest in our city to make sure we create and encourage thriving communities. That requires continued investment in both our homes and shops. That’s the commitment we’ve made to people living in our homes or running shops that we own and to Plymouth as a city.”