Bill’s Produce, the grocery and café concept run by the entrepreneurs behind Cote, has reportedly abandoned plans to open a site in Horsham, West Sussex.
The group had been due to open a restaurant at town hall but has been forced to walk away following a protracted battle to open a new restaurant – despite being the preference of the local authorities.
Horsham District Council chose Bill’s Produce as preferred bidder for an outlet in the former town hall building in Horsham’s Market Square two years ago.
But the plans were put on hold after a legal challenge was launched by the Blue Flash Music Trust.
Bill Collison, founder and partner of this business, told the local media: “Regrettably we have had to withdraw from this transaction due to the substantial delays in progressing the planning. It is frustrating that the delays caused by a few people have gone on for so long and that much time, effort and resources have been expended by both sides.”
The group currently has three sites in Brighton, Lewes and Reading and is due to open its fourth unit at St Martin’s Courtyard in London’s Covent Garden.
Martyn Leek is news editor at BigHospitality's sister publication, M&C Report.