A new Italian restaurant could open in Richmond Market Place.
Uno Ristorante, which already has outlets in Yarm and Middlebrough, has applied for planning permission to turn a shop into a restaurant.
The shop at 30 Market Place was recently a discount store called Goodwins but is now being used by Yorkshire Trading as an extension to its nearby premises.
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Supporting documents submitted with the change of use application from Gracey Architecture state: “Although it is still currently occupied as a shop, the retail use is unsuccessful.
“Efforts have been made to market the premises for retail use, but this has been unfruitful.”
They add: “The marketing evidence shows that the retail use of the building is no longer required and cannot be made viable.
“Clearly, the loss of retail space will not adversely impact upon the vitality and viability of Richmond centre as it has not been contributing to this.
“The restaurant is planned to have 80 -90 covers and to be open until 10 pm at night.
“Clearly this will be a major support for the evening economy and leisure role of the town centre.”
It is envisaged the restaurant would employed ten to 15 staff.
The building is owned by Yorkshire Trading who are proposing to lease it to the restaurant company.
A supporting letter submitted with the application says the company had tried to find a retail tenant for the premises, with Sainsburys interested in recent years, but non could be found.
Damian Kearns, a chartered surveyor who works with Yorkshire Trading, states in the letter: ” Unfortunately, despite my client having been willing to compromise significantly on rent and lease terms, no tenant has been identified and, indeed, there have been very few enquiries.
“In my opinion, this is due to the size and layout of the property, very limited demand for Richmond among retailers, and the recent development in nearby Catterick.”
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