PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 February 2019 Harry Taylor Café Rouge in Hampstead High Street. Picture: Google Maps Archant Hampstead’s Café Rouge is set to close later this month, after decades in the High Street. The French-themed chain restaurant will shut its doors with the landlord looking to redevelop the property.Planning permission granted in 2018 involves knocking down the existing ground floor extension, and replacing it with a part single-storey and part two-storey extension.The first floor, which is currently for private functions at the eatery, will be converted into residential use.The applicants dropped their initial bid to change the usage of the front section of the property into residential, meaning the restaurant wouldn’t be replaced.Café Rouge’s parent company, Casual Dining Group, said it was “confident” no jobs will be lost.A spokesperson said: “We can confirm the closure of our Hampstead site, … [Read more...] about Hampstead High Street’s Café Rouge to close within weeks
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PUBLISHED: 11:30 19 February 2019 James Carr No Place Like Home, in High Street, Lowestoft, is set to come under new owners this week. Photo: James Carr. Archant A deal which will breathe new life into the former site of a coastal town’s highest rated café is expected to be struck this week. No Place like Home, in High Street, Lowestoft, unexpectedly closed at the end of last year.And since then the prime location has been vacant. The closure shocked many across the town as the café was well-loved and used by many – and had earned a 95pc Excellent rating on TripAdvisor.It is now understood a deal is expected to be struck within the next week which will transform the venue into a restaurant of some kind. Danny Steel, of Steel and Co which operates the property, said: “There has been progress; we are close. “It’s certainly going to be an eating establishment but exactly how it all comes together is yet to be … [Read more...] about Deal is close to transform former high street café
ALL town centres should have free parking in a dramatic intervention to help save the high street, a major report says today. In a five-point strategy the Federation of Small Businesses also calls for urgent measures to halt thousands of ATM and bank branch closures that are crippling local firms and driving people away from town centres. The blight of potholes has also kept people away from the high street and must be urgently fixed, the FSB says. The blueprint also calls for a freeze in cripplingly high business rates from next April, when the levy is set to rise by another 2.3 per cent. And it suggests a £1,000 discount on business taxes for all local shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants should also be announced in the Budget. The burden of high rents, ever-higher taxes, soaring employment costs and pressure of online retailers were creating the “perfect storm in our town centres”. Laying down the gauntlet to Chancellor Philip Hammond, FSB boss Mike Cherry says it was … [Read more...] about Every town centre should have free parking to encourage Brits to return to the high street, new report says
PUBLISHED: 12:31 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:31 31 July 2018 Jessica Frank-Keyes The town's traders have united to Keep Sheringham Special. Photo: Keep Sheringham Special Archant Traders in a north Norfolk seaside town are preparing to come together for the town’s second late night shopping event. Sheringham will host its second late night shopping event. Photo: Keep Sheringham SpecialSheringham will host the evening on Friday, August 24, with more than 40 shops, cafes and attractions offering promotional discounts on selected items and offers. The town has a wide range of independent shops and food outlets, and will be open from 5pm to 8pm, with free parking from 6pm onwards.And with products from real ale, crafts, clothing, shoes and art, to sculpture, toys, books, jigsaws, jewellery and accessories on offer, there’s sure to be something for everyone.Shoppers could even win a £150 voucher to spend at any participating venues, by … [Read more...] about Late night shopping event held to promote Sheringham high street
PUBLISHED: 08:50 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:50 13 June 2018 The High Street in Southwold on a busy summers day in August. Picture: James Bass Archant Norfolk © 2016 Pubs are struggling and a different major retailer seems to be announcing store closures each week. A supermarket boss has pointed the finger at business rates – but have changes made last year really had a destructive impact? Doug Faulkner reports. Jackie Crisp of Roche Chartered Surveyors The values by which business rates are calculated changed for the first time in seven years in 2017 – leading to fears those facing increases would struggle. Now, after a series of high-profile business failures and restructures, including the likes of Toys R Us, New Look and House of Fraser, business leaders have once again blamed rates for the high street pain. But is this a fair reflection of what has happened? The revaluation of business rates took place in 2016 and businesses were given a year … [Read more...] about Are business rates changes to blame for the struggles of our high streets?