Rugby set for restaurant revolution

An artist's impression of how the revamped building will look.
An artist's impression of how the revamped building will look.

In a dramatic boost for Rugby town centre, the cavernous old Co-op store in the Swan Centre will be turned into a restaurant quarter.

In another of those pinch yourself moments to believe it’s happening in our town, planning permission was given on Friday for the former Co-op home and living store to become... Chapel Street Dining.

The plan has come from Caracal Properties, which expects the complex to be open in early summer this year.

Lisa Byers from the project management team said: “We’re extremely excited to be creating a hub of national restaurants for the town of Rugby, we believe it fills a currently underserved thriving town with a dining quarter for both day and night.”

The new-look building will accommodate at least four restaurants.

Details of the new tenants will be revealed shortly but all will be well-known operators.

Managing director of Rugby First, Aftab Gaffar, said: “This is great news for the town centre and a fantastic boost to the local economy.

“Not only will this development enhance the town-centre offer but it also has the potential to create a lot of full and part-time jobs.”

Cllr Heather Timms said: “The development marks a major investment in Rugby town centre and I’m delighted the council, working with Rugby First, was able to support Caracal Properties’ plans to bring this prime retail unit back into use.”

Which big names would you welcome in town? Email: Richard.howarth@jpress.co.uk.