A NEW luxury foodstore could be opening in the centre of Harrogate in time for Christmas.
The Northallerton based Lewis and Cooper, described as the Fortnum and Mason of the north, is moving in to 23 Parliament Street, on the corner of The Ginnel.
The Yorkshire-based family business has won numerous awards over the years, including the Grocer Gold award, and was a Moors and Coast Tourism awards finalist in 2008.
The foodstore already has its flagship shop in Northallerton, and is now hoping to extend its business to more Yorkshire premises including Harrogate, before Christmas.
The proposed store will be modelled on Lewis and Cooper’s other Yorkshire store, based in Yarm. The store specialises in an extensive wine collection, food hampers and fruit puddings.
Lewis and Cooper chairman Dr David Gearey told the Harrogate Advertiser: “Ever since the successful opening of our second store in Yarm High Street two and a half years ago, we have been looking to expand with further stores in several locations across North Yorkshire and the North-East. The licensing application for the Harrogate outlet is a first step towards a presence there.
“We are very excited about the excellent opportunity for growth that the Parliament Street shop represents and are looking forward to offering the benefit of our eleven decades’ experience in the fine food, wine and hamper business to Harrogate’s discerning shoppers.
“We are concentrating on getting all the necessary requirements in place and, if all goes well, we hope to be able to open well ahead of Christmas.”