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Trinity Newsagents could be ‘vintage-style’ cafe in future

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A CLOSED St Peter Port newsagent could become a vintage-style cafe.

Trinity Newsagents in Town has been closed since March. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 22515128)

Trinity Newsagents in Mansell Street has been closed since March, but the owner has now applied for planning permission to change the use of the site.

Martin Sines, who owns the property with his mother, said the idea was to create a cafe with an ‘attractive stylish image’.

‘The intention is to develop a cafe that will attract coffee-loving customers who appreciate trendy, tasty, good quality food,’ he said.

[Their cafe would have] ‘An attractive and stylish image, based around a vintage concept, i.e. stripped-back, no nonsense, stylish and interesting, with a welcoming ambience.

‘The design will be supplemented by vintage items dotted around, such as chalkboards and woods.’

Mr Sines said the intention was to serve a range of different items catering for a variety of needs.

‘The cafe will be based around serving good quality coffee, milkshakes, fresh fruit and veg smoothies and fresh sandwiches served on different breads,’ he said.

‘Also handmade sweets, cakes, soups, salads of the day, sweet and savoury waffles and energy and protein balls.

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‘Whilst also catering for different requests such as gluten free, dairy free, vegetarians and vegans, with a good variety of flavour combinations.’

As Trinity Newsagents started to lose money, different methods were tried to keep the business going.

These included trying to sell convenience store products, but the shop was eventually vacated on 1 April.

After exploring different avenues for the site, Mr Sines said he believes the new cafe is a viable business proposition.

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‘We advertised the property and failed to attract any interest, until we were approached by a suitably experienced person who is interested in turning it into a cafe,’ he said.

‘Having seen the amount of empty properties in the area we couldn’t realistically see many other retail options that would be successful and agreed that a cafe would be a viable proposition.

‘The States are trying to regenerate the area, there are numerous businesses locally and the site seems suitable for the proposition.’

This week it was confirmed that Tozers newsagents on the Bridge would close at the end of the month unless a buyer can be found.

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