PLANS are in place to give two town centre units a new lease of life.

George Hadjiyiannis has submitted a planning application to convert the former Laura Ashley unit at 70 and 72 Grove Street into a restaurant.

In plans submitted to Cheshire East Council, George said: “We believe the project will add to the town centre, replacing an empty shop with an upmarket restaurant.”

Mr Hadjiyiannis, who also runs the Symposium nightclub upstairs, is listed as a director for a new business at 70 Grove Street called Market on the Grove.

Meanwhile, the owners of Cibo, in Green Lane, are looking to combine two units at 31 and 33 Grove Street into a restaurant.

Holland and Barratt currently occupies 31 Grove Street, with a lease that expires within two years, while 33 Grove Street stands empty having last been occupied by TUI.

In the planning application, Ian Garraway Architecture said: “The new operator intends to invest heavily in the site, creating a better than previous level of employment.

“This investment will stimulate additional investment to Grove Street, and should act as an anchor tenant to the centre of Grove St.

“The success of Cibo has contributed positively to the town centre, and it is hoped that the new venture will have a similar impact on Grove St.”

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Both plans can be viewed on the council’s planning website.

Search ‘20/3965M’ for 70 and 72 Grove Street and ‘20/4353M’ for 31 and 33 Grove Street.