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New leisure concept rolling into Gloucester Quays

Roller disco venue, Roller Express, is heading for Gloucester Quays.

The 8,000 sq ft venue is due to open this autumn and will be the only roller disco located within a shopping centre.

Roller Express will be operated by the team behind Skate Factory, a retail store in Gloucester with origins as far back as 1976. Skate Factory creates bespoke roller skates and sells a range of skateboards and accessories, while operating a not-for-profit community membership club.

Roller Express will follow the same core principles as Skate Factory - encouraging participation in roller skating as a leisure activity, by keeping products and experiences as low cost and accessible as possible and providing a safe space for skaters of all ages and abilities.

From the new 100-capacity venue adjacent to Bill's restaurant, Roller Express will offer 34 sessions per week. It will be open seven days a week into the late evening.

As a not-for-profit organisation, it will offer 100 minutes of roller skating for as little as £5, with additional skate hire available and free skate pads.

Roller Express has also partnered with Heelys on a Skate School for all ages, from 10am every Saturday and Sunday.

Simon, customer experience manager at Skate Factory, said: "We're over the moon to be opening this new venue at Gloucester Quays. We have dedicated so much time and energy into making roller skating more appealing, more accessible, and more fun for the people of Gloucester. Over many decades, we have picked up a huge community following in the process.

"Gloucester Quays likewise has a great loyal customer base, so we are hoping to see those merge, as we look to open up an activity to as many people as possible."

Owen Acland, centre manager at Gloucester Quays, said: "Creating new and exciting reasons for people to visit Gloucester Quays is always top of mind when we are thinking about which businesses we should bring to the outlet.

"Roller Express does just that, but it gives us even more pleasure when we're able to accommodate a business with strong community principles and a long-founded local connection. This will make for such a fun addition to Gloucester Quays, and a completely unique one at that."

The new site is set to create approximately 15 full and part-time jobs, with applications open to people of all ages, including those with no skating experience.

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