No restaurant found for re-vamped Thomas Tucker - yet

PUBLISHED: 06:30 11 March 2018

The former Thomas Tuckerr building in Exmouth which is being renovated. Picture: Martin Burgess

The former Thomas Tuckerr building in Exmouth which is being renovated. Picture: Martin Burgess

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The team behind a project to renovate the former Thomas Tucker building in Exmouth remain confident of filling the downstairs restaurant unit.

Scaffolding has come down at the former Thomas Tucker building which is being converted into flats and a ground-floor restaurant. Picture: Martin BurgessScaffolding has come down at the former Thomas Tucker building which is being converted into flats and a ground-floor restaurant. Picture: Martin Burgess

Developer Ferriby Land has been working to convert the former clothing store, which has been closed for more than 10 years.

Planning permission was given last year to convert the existing building, on the corner of The Strand and St Andrews Road, into a restaurant on the ground level and five apartments on the first and second floor.

The permission also allowed for the demolition of the former showroom in St Andrews Road to create two new apartments.

Developer Ferriby Land has confirmed that it is still in talks to fill the restaurant unit.

The former Thomss Tucker building being converted into flats and a ground floor restaurant. Picture: Martin BurgessThe former Thomss Tucker building being converted into flats and a ground floor restaurant. Picture: Martin Burgess

Martin Burgess, of Ferriby Land, said: “We are still looking to let the premises as a restaurant, although negotiations with no one-party are significantly advanced.”

Scaffolding at the site has recently been taken down to reveal the work that has already been done to restore the building, previously described as an ‘eyesore’.

Mr Burgess added: “We have been working really hard in the background to complete the first two phases which have involved renovating the ground floor and external frontage and secondly creating five residential units, four on the first floor and one on the second floor.

“The main building has been refurbished extensively and we are happy with the quality of workmanship and design, which has enabled us to bring the building back to life.

“We are nearing the end of this stage with the apartments a couple of weeks away from completion.”

Your Move in Exmouth has been instructed to market the five flats in the main building.

The third stage of the project will see two new maisonettes built on the site of the former showroom, which has now been demolished.

Mr Burgess said they were looking to get on that site ‘as soon as possible’ but no date has been set for works to commence.

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