New local business plans for Grove Street food shop and cafe


Plans have submitted to change the use of a retail unit on Grove Street to enable a new concept mixed shop, café and takeaway to open.

Permission is being sought to change the use of 13-15 Grove Street from retail (A1) to mixed retail, café and takeaway use (A1/A3/A5) to bring the vacant unit back into occupation by a new local business.

The two storey premises was previously occupied by FootAsylum, which opened on Grove Street in 2007 but closd last year having decided not to renew their lease.

Minor alterations to the shop fronts on Grove Street and Green Lane are also proposed along with the use of a small area of the Grove Street frontage for an external seating area.

The application states "The ethos of the business is for a sustainable, eco /minimal plastic and low waste operation. Where possible, containers and cutlery will be of bamboo pulp or similar and recyclable. Any food waste will be macerated for composting or recyclable waste disposal and cardboard will be fattened and recycled."

The business will provide employment for up to 15 people and the proposed opening hours are 7am to 10.30pm seven days a week.



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Nick Jones
Friday 15th March 2019 at 4:54 pm
Great news, best of luck and look forward to visiting !
Julian Barlow
Friday 15th March 2019 at 5:25 pm
It’s great to see that someone is willing to take on one of the towns many empty retail units. As a commited cake enthusiast I look forward to using the cafe. Best of luck to them.
Diana Jennings
Friday 15th March 2019 at 10:47 pm
Do we really need another cafe/coffee shop eco or not?
Peter Evans
Saturday 16th March 2019 at 8:36 am
Diana - I would suggest this is their concern not yours. I wish them well. Turn over of such businesses suggests they will have their work cut out but certainly can do well if they have the right USP.
David Pearce
Saturday 16th March 2019 at 9:07 am
With a good internet service being provided maybe it could be called E-Co-ffee!
Ian Wilson
Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 3:09 pm
Oh wonderful another cafe to add to the three dozen we already have... what about some proper shops!!!
Gary Chaplin
Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 3:31 pm
@Diana & @Ian all very well moaning about 'another' food shop, but if people actually used the retail shops we had, they wouldn't go bust. It is almost as if you'd rather see Wilmslow derelict rather than have coffee shops which provide a hub for the community.
Wendy Falk
Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 4:21 pm
Great news! I walk into Wilmslow from Moor Lane to shop on Grove Street so appreciate a great cup of hot chocolate and a lovely atmosphere in many of the independent coffee shops - not Costa or Starbucks. (Even better when they are dog friendly!)

All the best, a great addition having a food shop on Grove Street. Bring back a good old green grocers and we'll have less packaging in Cheshire!

Don't forget your tote bags/containers everyone! x

Great comment David! :-D
Sheila Grindrod
Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 4:23 pm
Grove Street is notorious for its high/excessive rental figures and rates, no wonder there are so many empty. Some Landlords and local authorities shot themselves in the foot by not encouraging shops into the area.
Elaine Kinghorn
Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 8:49 pm
I agree we dont need any more coffee shops we need more variety. Nothing hardly worth a visit to grove street for. I remember being able to brouse but now its all charity shops and coffee shops. They need to make the rents affordable to businesses
Andrew Backhouse
Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 8:53 pm
I hope someone from this new shop has talked to Wilmslow people involved in the plastic free community shop idea. It would be great to get them working together, as anything allowed us to buy things plastic free could be great, and this group is well under way. Transition Wilmslow is hosting a meeting on Thursday night at the Quaker Meeting House on Grove St at 7.30pm with people telling us all about the Wilmslow plastic free community shop idea. All welcome.
Simon King
Thursday 21st March 2019 at 3:26 pm
Hear what you’re saying Andrew, and absolutely agree. I have it on very good authority that this new and exciting concept will be about as Eco and Bio friendly as is practical to date. Plastic free is one of its main objectives. I believe Bamboo Pulp and Resycled products are amongst its main priorities. Let’s support it as much as possible hopefully
Gillian Slater
Friday 22nd March 2019 at 11:46 pm
I thought dogs weren't allowed in food shops. When did that change? And don't dogs prefer plenty of greenery and a good run beneath their feet ?
Gillian Slater
Friday 22nd March 2019 at 11:55 pm
Great idea. Can't wait. I like and support all our cafes at present but a mixed food shop as well is good . How often have I been in the centre of grove to remember one or two things I need without having to trail one way or the other to a supermarket ?
Fiona Doorbar
Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 7:09 am
Hi Gillian... to my knowledge there is no law which states dogs are not allowed. There are guidelines which advise dogs to be excluded from places within an establishment where food is prepared, handled or stored. You are right with your assumption re. greenery and space. So it would be great if this cafe was dog friendly to enjoy a nice cup of tea after a long Carr’s dog walk.
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Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 4:47 pm
OOh this is exciting; I know there are a lot of eateries in wilmslow already but none that are eco friendly. I often forgo getting take out food or drink from shops because I don't want to add to the plastic crisis! Hopefully they're also going to offer healthier food options, too!
Oliver Romain
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 5:46 pm
Great news. We need to support plans to put these empty spaces to use and support innovation in the food and drinks offering. This will help to increase footfall on Grove Street.
People are shopping online more so the retail environment has to adapt. If we welcome people prepared to try out our town then more will come.
Ultimately, we could end up with artisan bakers, delis and independent food and drinks retailers helping to transform our town.
Just look at Macclesfield, Hale and Marple for example. We need to aspire to a more varied and interesting retail experience.
FYI the coffee shop boom is nothing new, historically coffee shops dominated towns and cities. It’s where business was done. Just look at Lloyd’s of London - started in a coffee shop. Nowadays, we are more likely to stare at a phone than chat to a stranger, but that’s not the coffee shop owner’s choice, unless they switch the WiFi off. Now there’s a thought.
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Wednesday 17th April 2019 at 2:01 pm
We could definitely do with an artisan baker popping up on Grove Street!