Fifteen months on and still no takers for new restaurant

The developer behind a newly-built business premises in Sudbury says he is disappointed by the lack of interest in the site.

Despite substantial investment by David Rossi, the three-storey building on the corner of Station Road and Edgworth Road has remained unoccupied for more than a year since its completion.

Mr Rossi, joint owner of the family-run ice cream firm Rossi Bros, said only one serious inquiry had been made about occupying the ground floor, which has permission to be used as a restaurant or cafe.

“Interest has been very poor and it is disappointing,” said the 63-year-old.

“Someone did want it as a high-class fish and chip restaurant, but the bank would not lend to them. Things are tough at the moment.”

Five one-bedroom flats – finished around 15 months ago – have been built above the business premises. Mr Rossi said he hoped three flats would be ready to rent this summer.

“The business is a good opportunity for the right person as it is in a good location and has parking nearby,” he said.

“It is no good to anyone empty as local people are not benefiting, but in the long-term it is in the right position given the planned redevelopment of the bus station.”