Posted: Wed 12th Jun 2024

New bar proposal for vacant shop on outskirts of city centre for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A vacant shop on the outskirts of the city centre could soon be converted into a new bar.

An application has been submitted to Wrexham Council seeking permission to open ‘Maurice Bar’ in the Grade II listed 26-30 Bridge Street.

The former Burton Building has been been vacant for several years having previously been home to a brewery site, army shop and more recently a shop.

It is proposed that the new bar, which is described as providing a ‘relaxed, social and communal space’, opens next door to Thaidine – a popular restaurant that was given planning permission in 2023.

The application states that one of the partners at the planned Maurice Bar is also a partner in the restaurant and owner of the building.

It continues onto note that if approved the bar will complement Thaidine by “accommodating the customers before and after meals.”

The application says: “The bar will be offering small side plates to be brought over from next door, which is Thai cuisine.

“The bar will be closed by 12pm and not play live music.

“We are hoping to have a relaxed disco/80s music playing with some seating and drinks.

“The outside area to the back of the building will also be utilised with a tent cover, heaters and some possible entertainment such as ping pong tables or shuttleboards.

“Our main aim is to complement next door and target the already very busy flow of people attending for food.”

The redevelopment of the building would also lead to the creation of two full-time and two part-time jobs.

The applicants continue onto add: “The hospitality market in Wrexham has improved in recent years with new and existing eateries and bars such as Thaidine, Fat Boar, Carniboar, Bank, Crafts and Tails and The Parish.

“We are hoping to expand and compliment these successful businesses with an alternative option.

“Wrexham has always been a proud diverse population and with now obtaining a City status and the increase in tourist potential, we want to branch out and compliment that.

“We want to utilise an otherwise empty building within the city centre to encourage people to stay in Wrexham and even attract from further away.

“The recession may be a potential challenge but with the existing Thaidine successfully running and the surrounding restaurant businesses and bars in Wrexham thriving, we are confident that we can still trade successfully through this period with modest growth in the second year which will sustain enough profit to continue trading in the future.”

The application will be considered for approval by Wrexham Council at a later date.

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