Costa Coffee set to bring 12 jobs to Wisbech as they eye prime town centre listed building site
- Credit: Archant
UP to 12 jobs will be created if planners agree to allow a landmark town centre shop which was once a hotel to be turned into a Costa Coffee outlet.
NewRiver Retail, who bought the Horsefair Shopping Centre two years ago from Zurich Insurance, has presented its proposals to Fenland District Council.
NewRiver hope to be allowed to go ahead with converting 40/41 Market Place to a Costa outlet together with a new extended shop front behind the existing colonnade of 40 Market Place. Ground floor level accommodation beneath the existing undercroft will also be extended.
The building is one of the key anchor developments of the Horse Fair and is a grade II listed building.
The three storey building currently comprises retail on the ground floor, part retail and part office on the first floor, and office on the second floor.
You may also want to watch:
O2 formerly leased the building but moved out in June when their lease expired.
NewRiver’s agents insist their proposals will maintain the historic context of the building which, in the 19th century, was The Ship Hotel. It was listed in 1969.
- 1 Caravan wedged under Fens rail bridge
- 2 Burglars led police to £170,000 cannabis factory
- 3 7 questions that could decide if you truly are from the Fens
- 4 Bid to ban ex- mayor running pub “a joke” says cabinet member
- 5 Wisbech to March light rail signalled in ‘levelling up’ bid by Mayor
- 6 Jaw-dropping stunts and traditional circus elements combine in unmissable show
- 7 HGV crashes into car damaged in earlier incident
- 8 Man found dead in March
- 9 Man, 20, rapes woman as she slept, court told
- 10 Teen rape case prompts city market safety review
Horse Fair Shopping Centre opened in 1988 and comprises 26 units totalling some 92,000 square feet.
NewRiver says their Costa proposals do not specify extra parking since the Horse Fair already provides 400 spaces in a multi storey car park.
They also propose installing what they term “destination signage” to increase foot fall.