A RESTAURANT owner is fighting eviction as the future of his business lies in the balance.
Mozib Khan, who has run the Spinnaker restaurant and convenience store at Chichester Marina for eight years, has been unable to negotiate a lease renewal with Premier Marinas.
He started a petition called Save Our Spinnaker, and as the Observer went to press, there were more than 1,200 signatures from customers and supporters.
“The reason I bought this place is because I love the atmosphere, I just love it here,” he said.
“My family and all the guys working here, it is our livelihood.”
But when he served notice to Premier Marina’s to renew his lease, he said the company had different plans for the building.
The shop which was next to Spinnaker in the Old Chandlery building has moved to a new shopping complex at the end of the marina – where there is also a new restaurant.
There are plans to turn the adjacent building to the Old Chandlery into flats, and Mr Khan said this might be the plan for the Spinnaker building.
But he said he was prepared to fight to keep the building, and was amazed by the support of his customers.
“These are the people who use this place,” he said. “I never thought people liked the Spinnaker itself so much.
He said he was determined to stay, and was prepared to ‘spend money’ on the building when he had the security of a lease.
The restaurant serves Indian and English food, and there is a convenience store for boaters to pick up groceries.
“We do it to keep the boat people happy,” he said.
“In the winter it is like a ghost town, but we stay open for them.
“We want to continue to be a part of the marina community.”
A spokesman for Premier Marinas said: “The renewal of Mr Khan’s lease in the Old Chandlery building at Chichester Marina is a complicated commercial matter involving a number of aspects and because of this we do not feel it would benefit either party to attempt to explain the matter in the press.”