TWO FORMER shops in the town are planning to open as food/drinks outlets.
The Laughing Gravy Sandwich Shop is advertising that it is set to open at the premises of the former newsagent on New Road, Hedon.
Meanwhile the former Starlight on St Augustine’s Gate is the subject of a planning application to open as a Coffee Shop providing light lunches; sandwiches, soups and cakes. This will be considered at a meeting of Hedon Town Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday 28th March 2013.
There is some concern in the town that opening more food outlets will displace existing trade to similar businesses, rather than bringing in new custom to the local economy. Of course, it is not certain that such displacement would take place; each business could generate new customers based on their own unique offering. However, it is an issue that merits a wider debate.
What do you think?
- What kind of shops or businesses does the town need?
- Should encouragement be given only to those proposed new businesses that meet these local needs i.e. ‘gaps’ in provision?
- What about competitor businesses?