GARY Windass discovers Ray Crosby’s scheme to buy up the cobbles next week in Coronation Street and vows to put an end to it.
The sleazy hotelier is on a mission to destroy the cobbles by buying up the properties one by one and has already got control of the Bistro, the garage buildings and David’s house.
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And now the schemer has got his eyes on Gary’s Underworld factory.
Next week’s episodes of Corrie will see Maria put together her plan to buy the barbers from Audrey.
But she’s shocked when she discovers she has a huge credit card bill and accuses Gary of keeping it a secret from her.
Later, Gary tells Fix he’s going to have to cut her hours at the furniture shop due to money worries.
But having listened in on Gary’s conversation with Fix, Ray appears and tells Gary he’s got a business proposition for him.
Ray drops the bombshell that he’d like to buy the factory and offers him £150,000, but Gary tells Ray to stick his offer and that the factory isn’t for sale.
Later, Maria encourages Gary to accept Ray’s offer and admits she’d like to use the money to buy the barbers.
But when Gary quizzes Kevin about why the factory rent has been increased, Kevin admits he sold the premises to Ray.
And later, when David reveals that Ray offered to buy his house despite the huge sinkhole in the garden, Gary’s suspicions are increased.
Later at the bistro, Gary tells Ray that is he doubles his offer, then they have a deal.
Is Gary going to get to the bottom of Ray's evil scheme to destroy the cobbles?
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about his character Ray’s evil plan, actor Mark Frost said: "I think he does see himself an empire builder, so he is looking to purchase property and get his business to grow exponentially.
"I think what’s going to come as a surprise is just what means he’s willing to go to — what lengths he’s willing to go to — to get his plans put his plans in place, and the odds that’s going to put him at with the rest of the Weatherfield community."
Talking about why his character wants to destroy the cobbles, Mark added: "He’s got no familial links. He sees people and communities as pawns. I think to a certain extent there is that breed of property developer, who in order to get plans drawn up and disband communities, they can’t surely look at people as individuals and human beings.
"For him, sentimentality is a weakness. It’s something he hates and its probably something from his childhood. We could look at his attitude towards women and maybe his mother, but I think its to do with that.
"I think he sees the bon ami and the neighbourly love in Weatherfield and people looking out for each other. I think he has a distaste for that.
"I think it probably burns him in a way because he is such a loner, and he doesn’t feel that. I think he’s quite prepared to set fire to all of that."
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