Last town centre newsagent could become a chippy
THE last independent newsagent in Beverley town centre could be turned into a fish and chip shop.
The lease on Market Cross News in Saturday Market is up for sale as boss Nigel Holmes hopes to retire.
With Beverley well-established as the gastronomic capital of East Yorkshire, a planning application has been submitted to turn the shop into a fast-food eatery.
The application is yet to be decided but, so far, there have been few objections.
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It seems unlikely the site will remain a newsagent and so the art gallery, which runs inside the shop, will also be lost.
Mr Holmes said: "I've thoroughly enjoyed being here.
"We've really got to like the people who come in here, they're all our friends now.
"It's a fantastic job because you see all your friends every day."
Mr Holmes and his wife Val live in Swanland and are keen golfers at Hessle Golf Club.
Both former teachers – Mr Holmes was an art master – they have had the Beverley shop for 18 years.
Mr Holmes said: "I'm from an artist's background, I went to Leeds Art College and then taught art in Garforth near Leeds.
"I enjoyed having the gallery upstairs. Now we're bringing it all downstairs and getting in touch with the artists."
The arrangement for the gallery was that Mr Holmes would cast a critical eye over works to select them for display.
If any sold, the artist would take 65 per cent and the shop 35 per cent.
Mr Holmes said: "It was all local artists but we also purchased some prints as well."
As well as spending time on the golf course, the retiring newsagent hopes to reignite his passion for art when he has more time to devote to it.
The application for the Saturday Market premises comes from Harpers, which runs fish and chip businesses across Yorkshire.
The nearest branches, all operated by partners, are in Brandesburton, Market Weighton and Wetwang.
Nobody from the company was available to comment about the plans for central Beverley.
No date has yet been set for the application to be discussed by the planning committee and officers have yet to make a recommendation. Consultees are being asked to send in comments.
Visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/publicaccessdocuments/default. aspx?folder1_ref=12/02327/PLF to view the application in full.