Store plans for pub site

The Pink Domino
The Pink Domino

A PUB could be demolished and a new supermarket built if plans are passed.

The Pink Domino, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, is proposed to be knocked down and replaced with a new Farmfoods store, creating 15 jobs.

Farmfoods, which sells frozen and long-life groceries, has lodged plans for the development with Hartlepool Borough Council.

The chain, which has more than 300 stores throughout Great Britain, is contracted to buy the freehold from The Pink Domino’s owners Enterprise Inns.

Farmfoods says the pub is no longer viable and the store will fill a gap in demand for trolley shopping in the area.

Papers submitted on behalf of Farmfoods say: “The store will strengthen the offering in south west Hartlepool where there is a lack of food shopping choice.

“The pub is no longer economically viable and despite marketing no interest has come forward for its continued use as a pub.”

The applicant says it is not viable to convert the Pink Domino building and propose to build a new store with 29 car parking spaces.

It states choice for food shopping in the area is limited and a lot of people are travelling elsewhere to do their main shop.

The application adds: “The new store will create approximately 15 new jobs which will be both part-time and full-time.

“The range of jobs created will be attractive to those looking for both full and part-time work, as well as those seeking their first employment opportunity.
“Although locally listed the building has little merit. The public benefits of a modern, well-designed store on this prominent site outweigh the loss of the Pink Domino.

“The new store will enhance the character of the site and the setting of other businesses nearby.”

The proposed opening hours for the store are 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 8pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on a Sunday.

Neighbours are being consulted for their views on the plans and have until October 31 to comment.

The council hopes to decide the application in around two months time.