Eyesore building in Lynn High Street getting makeover

PUBLISHED: 11:04 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 April 2014

The former Hogs Head in King's Lynn is being renovated by new owner (pictured) Erdal Uzun and his team. Picture: Ian Burt

The former Hogs Head in King's Lynn is being renovated by new owner (pictured) Erdal Uzun and his team. Picture: Ian Burt

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One of the biggest eyesores in King’s Lynn High Street is getting a makeover, with council chiefs and historians welcoming the transformation of a former pub into a new bar/restaurant as a boost to the town.

The once popular Hogshead pub has been closed since trade was hit by the introduction of the smoking ban about six or seven years ago.

The building dates back to the late 19th century and was initially known as the Lynn Drapery Emporium.

New owner Erdal Uzun bought it last December and said the new bar/restaurant, which will be called Eros, should open in about two months’ time.

He said: “I saw the building was empty, liked the look of it, and felt that I could turn it into a good place. I just hope it all works out.”

He would not divulge how much money he was spending on the new business, but said it should create about 10 new jobs for Lynn.

Alistair Beales, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is excellent news for the town and will bring a real boost to the High Street.“

Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards added: “That part of the High Street, leading to Saturday Market Place, needs to attract more people and businesses.

That whole part of the town used to be the hub of King’s Lynn, but it now needs a boost with more restaurants and retailers moving in.”

And Alison Gifford, chairman of the town’s civic society, said: “It’s a good sign that it’s reopening during these hard times when businesses are finding it hard to thrive, and with the threat to town centre retailers from out of town developments. Hopefully, it will encourage more people to visit that part of town.”

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