York butchers to double in size and add a grocery and deli

1 Feb 2021 @ 7.50 am
| Shopping

Good news on the retail front today – one family-run York business is expanding.

Acorn Meats, on Front Street, Acomb, wants to open into the unit next door.

It has been trading for more than 30 years. Now it plans to do more.

Planning documents say: “Acorn Butcher proposes to expand and occupy both 7 and 9 as a single shop for the preparation and sale of fresh food and butchery as well as frozen food/grocery hot and cold pies/bakery and delicatessen.”

There are also plans to allow people to eat al fresco.

“An external seating area is proposed within the site ownership at the front of the shops for the consumption of ready-to-eat hot and cold takeaway food,” the documents say.

“It is considered that the provision of a seating area will enhance the retail presence and also contribute to enlivening the street-scene in line with recent proposals to improve the retail offer of Front Street.”

The unit next door to Acorn Meats operates as a pawnbroker. It will continue to operate as a click-and-collect business for the foreseeable future, while the owner looks for new premises.

The plans say a wall will be removed to create an open-plan retail space.

And a new shopfront will be installed which “will greatly improve the external appearance of the retail frontage by removing the current unsightly and ad-hoc signage”.

More on the planning application here.