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Plan to transform empty Lichfield shop into café-bar

The Millets store on Tamworth Street

The Millets store on Tamworth Street

Plans have been unveiled to transform an empty Lichfield shop into a café-bar.

The application to convert the former Millets store on Tamworth Street has been submitted to Lichfield District Council by the Flaming Spark Company.

If the work gets the go-ahead, the plan is for the premises to open from 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 10pm on Sundays.

In a statement to support the application the company said:

“It is the intention to operate a full-service café-bar featuring a contemporary menu of moderately priced food which will change throughout the day, offering brunch, lunch, snacks, evening meals and late night bites. The menu will change depending on the season.

“The café-bar section of The Spark will feature a coffee shop with a deli and pastry bar, magazines, newspapers and space/stage for live performers, as well as a small boutique selling handmade jewellery, crafts, unusual gifts and exclusive clothing products.

“Patrons will also be able to purchase the original art which will be displayed inside the premises.”

The applicants have also claimed that the venture should be approved as it would add to the “vitality” of that area of the city centre.

The planning statement continues:

“The proposed café/restaurant would contribute to the vitality and viability of the primary retail area. It will also secure the re-use of vacant premises.”

To see the plans in more detail and to comment on the proposal, visit Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

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  1. Phil

    24th November, 2010 at 10:41 am

    That’s quite a lot for one little shop….

  2. johnthemon

    24th November, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    In keeping with “LichVegas The Landlock Seaside Resort” image I suppose.

    I would have thought Lichfield had more than their share of tearooms and trinket shops already.

  3. Nick

    25th November, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Sure is a lot to fit into one little place, but there’s two floors so we’ll see I guess. It’ll be nice to have somewhere other than George IV for live music – variety is the spice of life and all that!

  4. Kate

    26th November, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Good luck to them it sounds great. However, I am disappointed it’s not going to be a hairdressers…..

  5. mikei6

    26th November, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Another Bar when people can not afford to go out , surely there is more of a need for an Hairdressers or ethnic eatery.

  6. Nic

    2nd December, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Sounds like a great idea, I will try it when it opens mainly because it isn’t a chain, like a lot of the cafes in Lichfield already.

    Also will be nice to go somewhere in the evening that isn’t a pub blasting out music serving suspected underage drinkers!!