Kettering’s town centre economy looks set for another boost with an indian restuaurant chain looking to open up a branch in the area.
Mazza Restaurants Ltd has submitted a planning application for a vacant building in Horsemarket.
It follows the news that big-name chains Prezzo and Costa intend to open in Kettering,
Paul Ansell, of Kettering Community Architects, who will be designing the building’s layout, said: “This is another step in the right direction for the town centre and it follows on from the good news that Prezzo is coming to the Market Place.”
Mazza, which has a restaurant at Kettering Business Park, is now looking to branch out to 1 Horsemarket, which has been vacant since 2010 and used to be a motorbike showroom, and before that, a chapel.
If the application is approved, it will create eight jobs.
Mr Ansell added: “It will be another high quality restaurant for the town centre. I think it will offer customers the same high class indian dining experience they would get at the Kettering Business Park in the middle of the town centre. If approved, it will mean there are only a few smaller vacant buildings in Horsemarket.”
Planners have also said they will not radically alter the front of the building so it is in keeping with the council’s conservation area.
They have said the restaurant will open seven days a week. To build the diner, the applicants will have to convince Kettering Council’s planning committee to change the use of the building.
Cllr Terry Freer, portfolio holder for regeneration at Kettering Council, said: “I think this shows that the town is moving along a bit now.
“Bit by bit, good news is coming through now, and I think the redesign of Horsemarket has helped attract this application.”