Friars Square gets fresh boss for New Year plans

Manager of the Friars Square shopping centre in Aylesbury, Andy Margieson.'Credit: Professional Images
Manager of the Friars Square shopping centre in Aylesbury, Andy Margieson.'Credit: Professional Images

A NEW manager has been put in place to strengthen the team at a town centre shopping complex.

The latest addition to the team at Friars Square shopping centre in Aylesbury is centre manager Andy Margieson.

Andy brings extensive retail experience to his new role and was most recently manager at the Clarendon Shopping Centre in Oxford, a role he held since May 2007.

Andy started his retail career at Castle Quay shopping centre in Banbury in 1999 and was promoted to operations manager in 2001.

“I am delighted to take on this new role,” he said.

“Working with the team on the ground and our retailers, I am committed to significantly enhancing the centre to increase the attractiveness not only of Friars Square but also of Aylesbury as a leading shopping destination.”

At Friars Square, Andy is responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the centre, liaising directly with the centre’s retailers, visitors and with business groups in and around Aylesbury.

Based at the management suite in Friars Square, he will manage and work closely with the on-site team as well as multiple service providers who support the running of the centre.

Helen Griffin, senior asset manager at Grosvenor Fund Management which runs the centre on behalf of landlords the Royal Bank of Scotland, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Andy on board – he has a wealth of retail experience and will be a strong asset to the centre.

“We are investing in Friars Square for the long term and for the benefit of Aylesbury and its people.

“We’ve already made a strong start with Andy’s appointment and the newly refurbished store which is home to House of Fraser as well as BHS and River Island and further exciting developments will be announced in the new year.”

Friars Square shopping centre, which features 60 retailers and has car parking for 800 cars, was most recently in the news since The Bucks Herald revealed its closing Jardines bowling alley in Silver Street and its advertising the town centre’s downstairs indoor market the Cloisters to let as one unit.