TWENTY new full-time jobs will be created if permission is granted to turn a former furniture store in Felixstowe town centre into an upmarket Italian restaurant.

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Prezzo, which has 160 venues around the UK, is seeking consent to open in the old Candlers store in Hamilton Road.

It would create a restaurant for 110 people on the ground floor, 44 upstairs, and a small courtyard seating area for fine weather.

Suffolk Coastal council is carrying out consultation on the proposed change of use and expected to make a decision in the new year.

The site, one of the largest in the town centre, has been in use for retail for 100 years, but is well away from the main shopping area – Boots to Bank Corner – where councillors have been keen to take a stand to protect shops from being lost.

Pegasus Planning Group, acting on behalf of Prezzo plc, said the change of use would bring an empty building back into use and provide employment for local people, enhancing economic growth.

“The introduction of a vibrant restaurant such as Prezzo will create an increase in footfall as well as creating new jobs and enhancing the vitality and viability of Felixstowe town centre,” said the company.

“Prezzo is a well-known restaurant brand which is open during the day, as well as into the evening. As such, the proposed new use will present a lively use, which will enhance the active frontage of Hamilton Road.

“Furthermore, by the nature of the use proposed, this activity will be extended into the early evening, thus helping to benefit the vitality and viability of the evening economy of Felixstowe as a whole. As such, the proposal will have a positive impact on vitality and viability.”

The project will also involve adding a small flat-roofed extension at the rear.

9 comments

  • They already have Bencotto's, how many Italian restaurants does Felixstowe really need?

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    RC

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Brilliant news - has helped Woodbridge, Aldeburgh locally to get more people into the town, just what we need in Fxstw. Shows what an opportunity Suffolk Coastal missed in not getting someone like Prezzos into the Spa Pavilion restaurant.

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    paul

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • RC - How many people complaining about everything and any changes does Felixstowe need??

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    thaiwine

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • I'm not complaining about change, I've all for a nice new restaurant. All I'm saying is that it would be nice if it something a bit different, French, Mexican etc.. rather than another Italian. Please dismount from you high horse 'maku'.

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    RC

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Now here's a radical concept - Why not turn Candlers into a supermarket - Then we won't need another one anywhere in the locality, the car parking we already have will be much better used, giving the council more funds and the new supermarket will be in the town centre so will attract peope in to instead of out of town.......... AND it will be within the reach of Shopmobility scooters........

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    happypam

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Wonderful. Great place to eat.

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    biggles the pilot

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Whats this! How many restaurants can u fit into felixstowe surly not another one. Is this town ever gonna get a descent shop for all ages. And i DONT mean charity shops either

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    Antony Perkins

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Lets hope they take the premises on and renovate it in to a lovely restaurant. Bencotto is 'continuental' at best and could easily adapt what they do if needs be. Im sure the owners woudl welcome a little competition!!! Felixstowe needs some more good eating establishments and it woudl make use or empty space, which can only be a good thing

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    Homeofstowe

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Oh plse RC give it a rest. Prezzo's in Felixstowe would be a great additon to the town. Don't forget that Bencotto and the Alex -two of the most popular eating and drinking establishments in Felixstowe (soon to be joined by the Fluyders) are owned by the same people -a bit on competition will be better for all. Stop complaining about positive charge.

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    Maku

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

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