Plans to convert the former Laura Ashley shop into a restaurant


Plans have been submitted to convert a vacant town centre shop into a restaurant.

George Hadjiyiannis, who opened the Wrap Studio on Alderley Road in August, has applied for planning permission to change the use of 70-72 Grove Street which was occupied by the former Laura Ashley shop until recently.

The chef also opened The Symposium, a late night music and cocktail bar located above these premises on Grove Street, with Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson in October 2016 and prior to that the Stolen Lamb Greek restaurant.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 20/3965M.

Grove Street, Planning Applications


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

Erik Garner
Friday 16th October 2020 at 12:17 pm
Brilliant. I hope its approved. Just what Wilmslow needs, more nice restaurants. Grove st should be buzzing at night.
With shops closing at a rate of knots it would be nice to see them replaced by restaurants and boost the towns night time economy.
Well done George and Ashley.
Paul O'Neill
Friday 16th October 2020 at 1:17 pm
This sounds great. Nice meal and some wine then off upstairs for a dance! Just need someone to take!
Ryan Dance
Friday 16th October 2020 at 7:56 pm
A welcome story of positivity. I note the Wilmslow mafia are somewhat absent in the usual comments “ we don’t want another cafe rah rah” perhaps Covid as made most wake up and begin to appreciate investment. They usually cry “not another restaurant...not another cafe” let’s have a green grocers or a wild flower meadow paid for by the magical money tree. Perhaps Covid has knocked some
sense into the laggards / nimbys. I fondly
Remember the tripe regarding the esso garage turning into car wash. (Queues down the road / dangerous blah blah)
Chris Neill
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 7:59 am
I can never understand why there isn't a restaurant along from Hoopers where the wine shop was and where several other shops have sadly closed. It's a very wide pavement cafe area and enjoys the late sunshine. Perfect.
Pete Taylor
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 8:11 am
Excellent plan; far better to have a thriving business than no business.
Paul O'Neill
Sunday 18th October 2020 at 7:46 am
Well said Ryan! It'll be great on a summers night with tables and chairs outside and will compliment Cibo's new venture well. Also, it'll create new jobs for the unfortunate people who has lost their employment through Covid 19. I don't know the lads who own Symposium but they are great investors in wilmslow so hats off to them.
Nick Jones
Sunday 18th October 2020 at 10:43 am
Great to welcome such new initiatives , just what our town needs, commendable !.. few more empty shop spaces to fil yet though !
Alan Brough
Sunday 18th October 2020 at 1:38 pm
Anything that brings some life back into Grove Street is welcome.

I wish these guys every success.
Mark Russell
Monday 19th October 2020 at 7:48 am
Good luck guys! Another good idea to bring jobs back to the town.
Julian Barlow
Wednesday 21st October 2020 at 1:09 pm
Great to see some good news, much respect to anyone prepared to start a new venture especially in the current climate. I hope it's a huge success.