Café culture vision to ‘transform’ town

PIAZZA: This artist’s impression shows how the town centre eyesore could be transformed.

PIAZZA: This artist’s impression shows how the town centre eyesore could be transformed.

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THE dilapidated ground floor of Evesham’s town hall is finally set to undergo a facelift after almost a decade as a derelict eyesore.

The building dates back to the 16th century and after standing empty since 2003, the ground floor is set to be transformed into a coffee shop and it is hoped this will be a step towards transforming the area into a continental- style piazza.

An Evesham man is behind the plans to revamp the former PJs Nightclub into a café and second-hand clothes shop. Tony Fisher said he wanted to do something positive for the town after seeing so many shops close.

He said: “My idea is to build up some business in Evesham starting with a coffee shop. I have wanted to do something to improve the situation for a long time. I have become increasingly aware of the poor state of the town centre with shops closing every week, it seems to me.”

Mr Fisher hopes to be in business by November.

“It is such a prime spot and it has been let to run derelict. Other landlords in Market Square are looking to open smaller businesses and turn the square into a venue like a piazza.”

Mr Fisher’s plan is that some of the money generated from the businesses will go towards creating a new charity to help other people in Evesham start up in trade.

“It will be a social enterprise,”

said Mr Fisher. “We will be putting something back into the community.”

The charity will be called Life Trust, standing for Local Initiative For Enterprise.

“Our business plan is to start at least one new business a month in Evesham over 2013. I have kids of my own struggling to find work in Evesham.”

Mr Fisher says the two shops should generate five jobs this year and hopes to increase this to about 100 jobs the following year.

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4:15pm Thu 20 Sep 12

imnemo says...

Just what we need - Another establishment selling food and drink to a town center that is dying and only waiting for the Abbey Road bridge farce to put the nail in the coffin for the few traders left. Still on the bright side it could have been yet another charity shop that helps officials to hide the true lack of occupancy of shops - thank goodness for small mercies. Can someone wake up the Local and District Councils representatives to the real needs of our once pleasant, clean and historic town. I doubt it.
Just what we need - Another establishment selling food and drink to a town center that is dying and only waiting for the Abbey Road bridge farce to put the nail in the coffin for the few traders left. Still on the bright side it could have been yet another charity shop that helps officials to hide the true lack of occupancy of shops - thank goodness for small mercies. Can someone wake up the Local and District Councils representatives to the real needs of our once pleasant, clean and historic town. I doubt it. imnemo
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11:01am Fri 21 Sep 12

Possibleprince says...

Were it not for the park in Evesham, the town would have nothing left to make it worth going there. Evesham was never the best but at least backl int he late 80s, early 90s it had a lot more going for it than it does today.

Why do businesses go down? Because of bad managers and bad decision makers right at the top. Decision makers who get paid loads of money for doing a really bad job. This goes all the way to London!
Were it not for the park in Evesham, the town would have nothing left to make it worth going there. Evesham was never the best but at least backl int he late 80s, early 90s it had a lot more going for it than it does today. Why do businesses go down? Because of bad managers and bad decision makers right at the top. Decision makers who get paid loads of money for doing a really bad job. This goes all the way to London! Possibleprince
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2:40pm Sun 23 Sep 12

MarkSG says...

It was a catering establishment before it closed, so it's hardly "another" food and drink outlet; it's the reinstatement of one the town used to have.

The market square is one of the town's more attractive locations, and adding another cafe - particularly one which has open air seating in fine weather will simply enhance that ambience.

As for the bridge, what else could we do? Leave it until it falls down and has to be closed for good? We're fortunate that the closure period will only be a few weeks, rather than a whole year as was originally feared.

I suppose that a new cafe and a new bridge won't be enough to satisfy the moaning Minnies who are never happy unless they've got something to complain about, but personally I'd prefer to celebrate the positive news coming out of our town.
It was a catering establishment before it closed, so it's hardly "another" food and drink outlet; it's the reinstatement of one the town used to have. The market square is one of the town's more attractive locations, and adding another cafe - particularly one which has open air seating in fine weather will simply enhance that ambience. As for the bridge, what else could we do? Leave it until it falls down and has to be closed for good? We're fortunate that the closure period will only be a few weeks, rather than a whole year as was originally feared. I suppose that a new cafe and a new bridge won't be enough to satisfy the moaning Minnies who are never happy unless they've got something to complain about, but personally I'd prefer to celebrate the positive news coming out of our town. MarkSG
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