4. New seaside businesses set to bring a new look and local flavour to The Den
Investment in key building sites by Teignbridge District Council is helping to bring a new lease of life to Teignmouth seafront.
Leases for council-owned assets have been agreed with two new food and drink businesses.
The well-established Shellfish Pot has relocated and brought a taste of the sea to the former ambulance building.
The new venture, ‘The Wave: Art, Food, Views’ has allowed owners John and Liz McHugh to have a permanent takeaway premises offering a wide variety of healthy options along with outdoor seating and parasols. A mini gallery has also been created, allowing Liz, a local artist, to display more of her art work of local scenes.
Exciting plans to open a new business on the site of a former public shelter on Teigmouth seafront, known locally as the Goldfish Bowl, are also afoot with South Devon’s Pierhead Cafes & Bars Ltd plans to open a new bar and café this summer.
Inspired by beach bars from around the world, it will provide a relaxed, informal seafront atmosphere for people to enjoy. It is hoped the venue will support local events and groups, something that will bring the building to life through the day and evening.
The new venture is led by four local families from Teignmouth who are excited to bring a new offering to their home town.
Teignbridge District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources which includes assets and estates and regeneration, Cllr Alan Connett, said:
“Through its Council Strategy, Teignbridge committed to doing what it can to encourage new businesses to move to the district and enable established ones to grow. This is a good example of words in action. It fits well with our aim of making our places even more attractive so people make it a place to visit and stay longer, but also makes sure we and our communities get the best use out of council buildings.”
Teignbridge District Council Ward Member for Teignmouth East Cllr Robert Phipps, said:
“I would like to extend my very best wishes and luck to The Wave and Pierhead Cafes and Bars Ltd. The Wave is a welcome addition to the promenade giving a splash of colour and a new vibrant feel to a building that had been unused for some time. John and Liz give friendly and warm welcoming smiles to greet customers, a personal touch that I am sure will prove very successful. I am also excited to see the work underway on the ‘goldfish bowl’. I am sure this will be another welcome addition to the seafront; offering something a little different for visitors and locals to The Den. I hope to see you up and running as soon as possible!”
Elizabeth McHugh from The Shellfish Pot, said:
“We are both really excited to have opened our new permanent business 'The Wave' on the Seafront. Using the same colour scheme as the Shellfish Pot, we hope to improve and enhance the area bringing more people into Teignmouth to benefit our wonderful town. We will hand out local town maps to guide visitors to the many attractions Teignmouth has to offer.”
Tom Cullen from Pierhead Cafes & Bars Ltd, said:
“We are very excited about bringing an unused gem on our seafront into use. With a little imagination we plan to bring something fun and fresh to Teignmouth that we think will sit well alongside the established businesses and can’t wait to tell our locals more about what we have planned as we get closer to launch. Fingers crossed in time for the summer holidays!”
Are you interested in setting up a new business in Teignbridge? Perhaps you’re an established business that wants to grow? There are a number of business opportunities available across the district. The lettings section has more information.