The convenience store is due to open early next year. Photo by Charles Gao on Unsplash.

Hull’s Old Town set for new One Stop store

Hull city centre is set to welcome a new nationally-known convenience store.

Silver Street will soon be home to a One Stop franchise, which will also offer made-to-order sandwiches from sandwich-makers Stacked

This project has been supported by a £182,000 grant from the Humber High Street Challenge Fund.

The Humber High Street Challenge Fund has been supported with £2.23m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP and part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.

Open 7-days a week, the One Stop store will provide a wide range of essentials products and services for the local community including parcel pick-up and delivery, on-the-go meals, fresh and frozen food, beers, wines and other home essentials.

Local businessman Ragunathan Selvachandran is bringing the franchise to 4-6 Silver Street.

He said: “I have had businesses in the Old Town since 2004. Things were difficult until Hull became City of Culture in 2017, at which point there was a huge turnaround with more people coming into the Old Town.

“When the Whitefriargate grant scheme came about, I saw an opportunity to be part of bringing life back to some of the unoccupied buildings in the Old Town. There is a lot of regeneration happening in the area now, including the creation of flats and residential accommodation, resulting in the need for more amenities for these residents.

“Hull City Council has been incredibly supportive, without the council’s support and guidance I would not have been able to deliver this project, which I’m sure will greatly benefit the city centre, especially the increasing amount of residents that are making this stunning part of the city their home.”

The regeneration of Whitefriargate is being supported by £1m of funding from the Humber High Street Challenge Fund, as well as £1.75m from Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone programme.

Hull City Council also has a multi-million pound application for the area’s regeneration into the government’s £1b Future High Streets Fund.

Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment at Hull City Council, said: “This is brilliant news for the Old Town. We are seeing more and more people choosing to make this part of the city their home, so it’s fantastic that there will soon be a nationally recognised convenience store right on their doorstep.

“This project compliments the vision we have for the area, of being a vibrant place for people to live, work and play, as well as complimenting both established and newly arrived businesses in the Old Town. It’s a really exciting time for the area.”

Matt Elliott, franchise operations controller for One Stop said: “We’re delighted to have supported Nathan in transforming his new store.  According to research, people believe the most positive impact in an area is the addition of a convenience store so we’re looking forward to seeing the effect a brand-new One Stop store, offering a whole host of products and services, will have on the ongoing regeneration of the area.”

Neil Lindsell, retail operations manager for bakers and sandwich-makers Stacked, said: “We are delighted to bring our made-to-order sandwich concept to Silver Street and hope that the One Stop customers enjoy our delicious sandwiches, wraps, subs, hot savouries and even pizza!”

The One Stop store is set to open in February 2021.

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