Lounge is still set to open this year at the former Martin’s newsagent in Reigate High Street, although timing has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The arrival of the national café-bar-dining brand had originally been pencilled in for this spring, but a spokesman told reigate.uk last week that “it’s more likely to be autumn now as we restart the pipeline and our build teams return to work”.
He added that the company, Loungers, were “still very much looking forward to bringing the Lounge offer to Reigate”.
There are more than 130 Lounge sites across the UK, “combining elements of coffee shop culture, the British pub and dining”.
Each branch is individually named: the Reigate operation will be called Corzo Lounge.
In December, Loungers said: “We believe our Lounge brand will be a tremendous fit for the town of Reigate and its people.
“We provide a high quality, all day offer to suit every type of customer.
“We will create a wonderful Lounge environment on the High Street and customers can use it exactly as it suits them – for a great breakfast, morning coffee, lunch with friends, tea and gorgeous cakes and for delicious evening meals.
“We have a great drinks and cocktails menu too. All served by our totally lovely staff. We are great with kids, and love dogs too.”
As part of its Reigate plans, Loungers put in a planning application to have some outside seating on the pavement at the front, but this was turned down by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council in January on the basis that this would reduce the footway width at what was already a “pinch point”.
The Loungers spokesman said last week that the outside seating was always going to be “minimal” and so was “not a big loss” and would not change opening plans.
A licensing application was granted last year by the borough council, after no representations were received, permitting alcohol to be sold until midnight Thursday to Saturday, and until 11pm on other days.
Drawings show the ground floor as holding the eating and drinking area, along with a bar, cellar, kitchen and accessible toilet. More toilets, and store rooms, will be located on the first floor.
The site was previously occupied by newsagent Martin’s and included a post office. However, they both closed in March last year following a decision by national retailer McColl’s not to renew its lease at the site. A new post office has since opened in Church Street.