Long Sutton to have new One Stop convenience store in January 2020
A trader hoping to open a new off-licence and convenience store in Long Sutton believes it will be “good for the town”.
Imran Kumar Odedra plans to open a One Stop shop at the former Busy Bean Cafe in Market Place which closed at the end of last month.
Rumours about a new shop opening in the town started to emerge after a public notice was put up confirming that Mr Odedra had applied to South Holland District Council for a premises licence to sell alcohol.
Mr Odedra, whose relative runs the One Stop shop in Kirton, said: “I was in Long Sutton and saw that the property was empty.
“I also saw the price for drinks in the shops so I asked One Stop whether I could open a store in Long Sutton.
“They approved it and are happy for me to open a store in Long Sutton.”
The property in Market Place, where Busy Bean Cafe operated from for two years, was recently linked with interest from Tesco.
But the retailer confirmed to the Spalding Guardian earlier this month that it had no plans to open a store in Long Sutton.
Mr Odedra said: “I hope to open the shop in January and it will be cheaper than other shops in Long Sutton.
“It’ll be good for the town, with good offers for people.”
Long Sutton district councillor Andrew Tennant said: “Long Sutton is already well-served with this type of ‘convenience’ store, but competition is never a reason for refusing planning permission.
"On a more positive note, the last thing we want to see is a property in Market Place sitting empty for long periods of time."