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Newark Market Place could soon be home to a bigger Greggs store

Newark Market Place could soon be the new home to a bigger Greggs store.

The days of queueing for a sausage roll or steak bake could soon come to an end after plans for a much larger store just feet away were submitted.

There are hopes for the new Greggs to be within the former Bonmarché unit, which is Grade II listed, just a few doors to the left of where the bakery is currently.

THE former Bonmarche unit could be the new home to Greggs. (48929322)
THE former Bonmarche unit could be the new home to Greggs. (48929322)

There are proposals to retain and redecorate the shop front of the former Bonmarché, as well as timber doors/frames.

"Install new fascia signage," said the application. "Internal works including new wall, floor and ceiling finishes, plumbing and electrical installations, removable and mobile equipment; display counters, fridges, freezers."

If the new venture is approved by Newark and Sherwood District Council's planning committee, it means the ground floor of the Grade I listed former Governor's House building — where Greggs is now — will be left empty.

Greggs in Newark (34085136)
Greggs in Newark (34085136)

These plans could form part of something wider that suggests a transformation of Newark town centre.

Earlier this year, plans were approved to convert the space above some retail units in St Mark's Place — just behind the current Greggs — into living space.

The application relates to units eight, nine, ten and 11, which include Game and Millets, and will result in the creation of seven residences.

It is said the scheme will sensitively incorporate new residential units within the town centre through utilising upper floors that are largely redundant or, in some cases, never implemented.

Other plans submitted this year include proposals to transform the site of the former Marks and Spencer store on Stodman Street, and widen St Mark's Lane between said street and Lombard Street — to create more public space and better accessibility.

The plans, by building owners Newark and Sherwood District Council, intend to keep the facade of the old store and demolish the property behind it.

The store would be replaced with new commercial and retail space on the ground floor, with residential apartments above.

Carparking spaces to serve the apartments would also be accommodated.

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