For­mer bet­ting shop to be pizza and ta­pas take­away

Man­ager of shop next door has plans ap­proved by coun­cil

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Road Campaigns - By Dan Wright

A for­mer bet­ting shop is to be turned into a pizza and ta­pas take­away after new plans were ap­proved.

Tham­biah Sen­than, who runs the Pre­mier con­ve­nience store in Hunter Av­enue, Willes­bor­ough, wants to ren­o­vate the for­mer Star­bets Gamin’ store next door.

He had his plans ap­proved by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil last week – and now plans to open the take­away be­fore Christ­mas.

“The bet­ting shop closed last year and I think peo­ple will be pleased to see it open again as some­thing,” Mr Sen­than said.

“I do not think there is any other ta­pas place in Ash­ford, so we will be of­fer­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“I have heard there was one place like that in the town a long time ago, but noth­ing like it now so I think it is a good idea.”

Mr Sen­than, who has been run­ning the Pre­mier shop for four years, added: “The area has al­ready im­proved, but there will be more choice when we open and I hope it will at­tract peo­ple.

“We are tar­get­ing a dif­fer­ent market – ev­ery­body knows the chicken, ke­bab and fish and chip shops, but pizza and ta­pas is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent.

“I love this area and it is a nice, friendly place.”

Mr Sen­than, 36, will man­age the shop and says he will em­ploy two or three staff.

A new rear ex­trac­tion flue will be in­stalled be­fore the take­away opens.

“We will start slowly and see how it goes,” Mr Sen­than said.

“I hope it will be pop­u­lar and I plan to open be­fore Christ­mas.

“That is my goal – and you have to aim for the stars.”

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Tham­biah Sen­than is opening a pizza and ta­pas take­away in the for­mer Star­bets Gamin’ shop

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