Sudbury department store Winch and Blatch has applied for planning permission to open a cafe selling homemade cakes and scones in its main King Street shop.
The company plans to turn its first floor furnishing department, part of the Grade II listed building dating back to 1320, into a cafe.
Merchandise director Judith Blatch said: “Customers will have the pleasure of sitting next to the five Georgian windows which overlook Sudbury’s Market Hill and St Peter’s in this top-floor cafe.
“These days, people expect department stores to have a coffee shop and this is an obvious place for us to put one, with a beautiful vaulted medieval ceiling in this part of the store.
“Customers will have a wonderful view of the town in a fantastic location.
“We hope to have lots of freshly-baked cakes and scones and we hope, if approved, it will become a welcome attraction in Sudbury.”
As part of the planning application, she said customer toilets would be built at the back of the shop which would be a new feature of the store if given the go-ahead.
Mrs Blatch said the business would not be progressing with its plan to link the main store with its homeware store, also in King Street, with a bridge for economic reasons.
This year has seen Winch and Blatch nominated for an employer of the year award by a training company, and also lingerie retailer of the year.