From new engines to milk and bread – an ‘underutilized’ part of an island garage is ready for a breath of fresh air.
Newly unveiled plans show half of Carisbrooke Garage, on Carisbrooke Road, to become a Premier store.
Mr Vinojan, of Ultra Stores Premier, which already owns a number of convenience stores and businesses across the island, has submitted the plans to Isle of Wight Council for consideration.
Interior fittings are proposed to redevelop the showroom, transforming it into a sales area.
The garage is currently owned by the Sixers Group, an island chain of garages and car sales showrooms.
It would not be the first Sixers garage to be transformed, following the success of the business center established in the former York Avenue Garage in East Cowes.
The store will follow the setup of a standard Premier store run by Mr. Vinojan.
The proposed shop and storage area would be built in part of the existing showroom, replacing the current women’s and disabled toilets.
Externally, the building must remain intact.
If approved, the store would be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Norman White, acting on Mr Vinojan’s behalf as planning officer, said the store would lead to increased economic activity and retail employment on a brownfield site.
A barrier would be installed around the ten-space parking lot, separating the retail store and the garage.
Island Roads backed the request on the condition that parking spaces – including four for bicycles – and the delivery bay would be provided before the store could be used.
You can view the plans, 22/00815/FUL, on the Isle of Wight Council’s planning register. Comments can be submitted until June 24.