Hotel Chocolat wants to open store at Llandudno retail park

Hotel Chocolat wants to open its first site in North Wales. The upmarket chocolatier hopes to take on an empty unit at Parc Llandudno.

It was occupied by home and fashion brand Laura Ashley but has been empty since the pandemic. Now the UK chocolate firm could take it on.

They would have a gift store on site as well as a 'Velvetiser' cafe. The company says the move would create 20 jobs in the town. This plan follows news Shoe Zone wants to take on the former TUI site on the same retail park.

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In order to move ahead they need to secure changes to planning deeds and conditions which restrict the sale of food from some units on the park. They have applied to Conwy council to have these conditions changed.

The nearest current Hotel Chocolat is in Chester.

WSP Planning said: "The proposed amendment will allow Hotel Chocolat, a dynamic and complimentary retailer that would be new to Llandudno, to occupy a currently vacant unit with Parc Llandudno.

"Hotel Chocolat intends to use Unit 8B as part of its emerging format to complement existing smaller units that are typically located in more traditional town centres. The occupier will lay out part of the ground floor to accommodate their in-house 'Velvetiser' cafe and will have some back of house circulation space and storage behind."

The first Hotel Chocolat shop opened its doors to guests in North London in 2004 after the brand was started by entrepreneurs, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris. They now have 126 stores, as well as cafés, restaurants, outlets, and factory stores.

The application will be considered by planners at Conwy council.

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