Spar store could be opened at Ocean

PUBLISHED: 08:28 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 08:28 10 August 2015

Empty business units at Ocean bowling alley. Ref exe 6146-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Empty business units at Ocean bowling alley. Ref exe 6146-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A high-quality convenience store could be open on Exmouth seafront by Christmas.

LED Leisure Management Limited, the managers of Ocean bowling alley, and Brixington couple David and Lucy Calland are working together to open a Spar store.

The Callands are the proprietors of the Budgens supermarket in Brixington Parade.

If given permission by East Devon District Council (EDDC) licensing bosses, the off-licence would open in two of the bowling alley’s vacant units.

The application seeks permission for the store to open every day between 6am and 11pm.

Included in the application is an alcohol licence.

The bid follows LED’s takeover of the seafront ccomplex six weeks ago.

The bowling alley has three retail units, which face onto the Esplanade - a third unit is Liquid Motion.

Peter Gilpin, chief executive of LED, said: “I believe that there is a need for a convenience store on the seafront, particularly with the Queen’s Drive developments to come, as the nearest store is in the town centre – highly inconvenient to residents and visitors alike.

“The potential tenants are local shop owners with an excellent community reputation who I am sure will respect the location and be very mindful of issues such as litter.”

Dave Calland said: “This is something we have thought about carefully and we are going to do it properly.

“The bowling alley is a beautiful building, it really is the jewel in the crown of Exmouth, and given that it’s on the seafront, we are determined that the store should be of high quality and fit in with such a beautiful setting.”

The application will be considered by the town council and the final decision made by EDDC.

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