Waterstones addresses future of Bury St Edmunds Buttermarket shop after hotel plans submitted
The future of a Bury St Edmunds book shop has been addressed after plans were submitted to remodel the store to bring back a former hotel in the town.
Waterstones and the recently closed Edinburgh Woollen Mill, in Buttermarket, would be remodelled as smaller shops as part of plans to restore the former Suffolk Hotel, which has been closed for 25 years.
The back of both shops would be redeveloped to serve as the foyer of the 30 bedroom hotel.
Waterstones, which has another store in the arc shopping centre, would lose its first floor as part of the major restoration proposals by Gatsby Retail Limited.
A planning statement said the upstairs café at Waterstones 'would not be lost, but instead more formally incorporated' into the hotel complex.
Asked what the plans meant for the future of the book shop, a Waterstones spokesman said: "We await the outcome of the proposal but, as things currently stand, we intend to continue to trade from both our Buttermarket and arc shopping centre shops in Bury St Edmunds."