Former Bishop’s Stortford Travel Agent TUI To Become ‘Healthy’ Takeout For ‘On-the-Go Work Classes’

A former Bishop’s Stortford travel agent is poised to become a “working class” takeout with a “focus on healthy eating.”

Cem Camak has applied to the East Herts council for a building permit to convert the former three-story TUI premises in the market square into a ground-floor hot food outlet with two apartments above.

The travel agency closed at the end of 2019 and the premises have been empty since.

Former travel agency TUI Place du Marché (53788201)

Mr Camak’s request to the planning authority states: “The limited footprint does not lend itself to retail use and there is very little interest in using it for this purpose.

“Although there is a choice of à la carte restaurants, there is a clear under-supply of hot take-out outlets for the working class on the go, but in particular one that emphasizes healthy eating.

“The apartments offered on the upper floors will again accommodate downtown workers who need suitable accommodation in the city center where housing on the outskirts is too expensive or will involve expensive travel.

Zizzi in the market square, before it closed during the lockdown
Zizzi in the market square, before it closed during the lockdown

“The proposal will have no negative impact on the existing social and economic characteristics of the region, as it is simply an extension of the particular identity of Market Square with its varied catering facilities.”

According to Paul Ailey’s website, the building was originally a pub serving beer from the Hertford McMullen brewery and unique in that it only opened on Thursday – market day . Later, a third floor and an attic room were added.

The East Herts board is also considering requests from DOUGH & Co / Burger Amour Stortford Ltd to serve alcohol from noon to 11 p.m. seven days a week at the former Zizzi restaurant premises in Market Square. The Italian-style channel withdrew from the city during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

Christopher Sharman, the man behind Burger Amour and DOUGH & Co restaurants at Anchor Street Leisure Center, did not answer questions from India on its plans for the three outlets.

Chris Sharman outside his pizzeria in Anchor Street.  Image: Vikki Lince
Chris Sharman outside his pizzeria in Anchor Street. Image: Vikki Lince

Greens Organics, a new cafe located in the former Toni & Guy barber shop in Market Square, has requested a license amendment so that it can sell alcohol 97 hours per week, up from 66 hours currently.

He wants to be allowed to serve drinks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Currently, the company, which is part of the Corn Exchange, can serve from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Sunday, when operations are permitted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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