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BEAR plans to move into Stone’s former HSBC bank

Former HSBC bank that closed in November 2016

Change of use plans have been submitted to Stafford Borough Council to convert the former Stone HSBC bank to an independently owned coffee house, kitchen and bar

The building on Stone High Street has been closed since the 25th November 2016 as part of the bank’s plans to reduce its number of branches.

After 18 months it was great to see a planning application submitted to bring the building back in to use.

Uttoxeter based BEAR are the people behind the plans, and this will be their 3rd location, following on from successful establishments in Uttoxeter and Derby.

From their website it says:

BEAR was conceived out of a passion, not just to offer great coffee, but also to create a great environment in which to enjoy it. Founded in 2014, it was the realisation of a vision that co-founder Craig Bunting had in Australia whilst enjoying such an experience and wondering why he was unable to do so back in the UK.

BEAR now serves sustainably sourced, speciality coffee, seasonal fresh food, cocktails & craft beer in beautifully thought out spaces.

The plans, if approved, could lead to the creation of 3 full time plus an additional 10 part positions being made available.

Sketch plans have been submitted for the proposed interior layout of the new venture:

BEAR Stone
Sketch plans for BEAR Stone

I wonder if the new owners will be able to serve takeaway coffees from the old cash machine hole 🙂

BEAR co-founder Craig Bunting exclusively told A Little Bit of Stone:

“We love Stone! The High Street is full of character and history, and we can’t wait to be a part of the community here. It already feels like a second home to us as we’re in those familiar market town surroundings; we’re excited to see what it brings!”

The development of the bank would come on the back of the re-development of the former NatWest bank, which is currently being converted to office, retail and residential units.

High Streets throughout the country are changing to meet consumer demand. Big name High Street stores and banks are suffering, and so we’re seeing an emergence of establishments that deliver products and services that require that more personal touch.




One Comment

  1. Bear Coffee coming to Stone is very good news indeed. I have used their location in Uttoxeter several times and found it to be great quality and terrific ambience. High Streets will continue to have to change because we no longer expect them to be filled with banks and chain stores. We need vibrant independent businesses such as this that will help to make Stone a destination for leisure shopping.

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