The new mini golf company which will take over part of House of Fraser at The Oracle has been revealed.

Reading will get bowling, mini golf, a food hall, and new shops in exchange for the loss of department store House of Fraser at The Oracle.

Puttshack is the company which will offer a new mini golf course at the shopping centre.

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The company has submitted a licensing application to the council for leisure unit R25, Riverside Level, at The Oracle.

It wants a licence to sell alcohol, play music, put on live music and dance performances and indoor sporting events and films from 7am to 1.30am.

Puttshack currently has three locations, two in London and one in Essex.

The space currently used by House of Fraser at The Oracle will become:

  • A food hall accessed from the riverside
  • Mini golf and ten-pin bowling
  • Retail shops on the lower ground floor and upper ground level
  • A retail shop or cafe on Bridge Street

Plans were approved by Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Planning Applications committee in March 2020.

Councillor Tony Page, lead member for Planning, said: “This is a further vote of confidence in Reading town centre.

“Many shopping centres are at the point of going under and the part owners of this centre are retrenching elsewhere in the country.

“Here, major investment is being brought forward to increase the diversity, versatility and attractiveness of the offer at the Oracle. I very much welcome it.

“We look forward to the works commencing as soon as possible.”

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House of Fraser has been at The Oracle since the shopping centre opened in 1999.

Many of the troubled department store’s sites across the UK have closed in the last few years, with the Reading store next to go.