East Wittering pub could become Co-op store

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THE CO-OP will hold a public consultation after proposing to move its store onto the site of a village pub.

The Royal Oak, which lies on the edge of Stocks Lane in East Wittering, is the proposed site for the Co-op store, which is currently a stone’s throw away on The Parade.

A spokeswoman said: “The Southern Co-operative is hoping to move its store from its current location in Wittering to the site of The Royal Oak pub, which Enterprise Inns decided to close as the buildings were at the end of their economic life.”

Enterprise Inns, former owners of The Royal Oak sold the pub last summer to the supermarket chain.

The building is currently leased out to landlord Greg Brady, who has run the family pub since 
the summer.

Store manager Kelly Hinshelwood said: “We simply don’t have enough space to meet local demand.

“A new store will give us more space so that we can offer a bigger range of products, especially fresh and local food, and will ensure that we can offer a much better service, including improved parking facilities”.

The Co-op will share its plans with customers and residents in a public consultation on 
January 31.

The meeting will be held at the villages’ United Reformed Church on Oakfield Avenue from 10am to 8pm.