A PUB will soon be reopened as a Co-operative store – exactly what the residents want.
The Hope, in Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, had a bad reputation according to residents with eight landlords in five years.
At a planning meeting last November residents objected to plans to expand it as a pub – preferring it to be turned into a convenience store.
Their wish looks set to be granted, with a new Southern Co-Operative store scheduled to open in November.
A planning application was made this week to replace the timber entrance with a sliding door.
A spokesman on behalf of the Southern Co-operative said: “The Hope was bought as a going concern by Fourteen Investments, a property developer.
“They applied for permission in November, 2012, to extend the premises and change it into retail premises with flats above.
“They offered it to the Southern Co-operative and we took a lease on the shop early this year.”
He said residents were very supportive of the scheme.