The Delicatessen in Market Street has closed to make way for the proprietors new venture of a Micro Bar. Loders Delicatessen had been trading in Crewkerne since 1988 when it first opened in the George Shopping Centre. Joint owner Adam Loder told town councillors at the February meeting of the Planning & Highways Committee: “We are a family business and it has been a hard decision to close the Deli but it has become unsustainable. We moved the Deli to number 5 Market Street in 1991 and our cafe opened at Number 7 in 2007. While the cafe remains a busy and successful business, we have applied for change of use at number 5 from Class A1 retail shop to Class A4, to begin our new venture of running a Micro Bar.”

Crewkerne Town Council were sorry to hear about the closure of the Delicatessen but voted unanimously to support the planning application and recommend approval of the change of use to SSDC. The proposed Micro Bar will be a one roomed free house, selling cask ales from tap, local ciders and other alcoholic drinks. Opening hours to begin with are likely to be from 12 noon to 2 pm and 4 pm until 10 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and on Sunday lunch times.

Mr Loder confirmed that there was enough space within the premises to install another toilet, so that male and female patrons would be catered for with separate water closets. The date for a decision by South Somerset District Council is scheduled for February 18th. It is expected that permission will be granted as there have been no objections raised by Environmental Officers or Highways. Any concerns that neighbouring residents have raised, appear to have been fully addressed by Mr and Mrs Loder.

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