Brighton Lanes Old Post Office set to become TGI Friday's by Christmas

The Old Post Office in Ship Street

The Old Post Office in Ship Street

First published in News

A former post office is set to be brought back into use as a TGI Friday's restaurant by the end of this year.

But the transformation of the grade II listed building in Ship Street in Brighton is set to cost developers at least £750,000 just to bring the building back into working order after seven years of disuse, rain damage and squatters.

The Argus understands that the American-themed restaurant chain TGI Friday’s hope to be up and running by Christmas at the very latest.

The news comes as further plans to develop the site, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, have been submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council.

Developers want to convert the first, second and third floors into nine studio, one, two and three-bed flats.

The current planning application lists the building as in “very poor condition” and stated that it currently sits on the council’s building ‘at risk’ register.

A decision on the flats is set to be made next month.

Plans to develop part of the first floor into a TGI Friday’s restaurant were approved in June last year.

But work has been held up by the level of damage the building has sustained along with with a number of squatting incidents.

In August last year, police and bailiffs removed 10 squatters from the former post office after they spent a fortnight in the building.

Weeks earlier, six squatters needed rescuing and decontaminating after a fire broke out in the asbestos-ridden property.

Mark Thackery, from Walsingham Planning, said: “At the moment they are just doing all the enabling work to bring the building back into a state where they can put their own mark on it.

“It will cost three quarters of a million just to get the building back into shape before they can begin the conversion.

“It is damage from the best part of eight years of no use and a lack of investment.

“Some of it is damage from squatters, some from the people who stole lead from the roof, there is quite a bit of water damage.

“The whole thing is a very slow process.

“I would think they would want to be in there for Christmas at the latest.”

Selma Montford, from conservation group Brighton Society, said: “I will be glad when the building is back in use.

“It’s sad for such a building to be left to rot.

“It’s not really suitable for a shop but I think a restaurant is a good idea for the site.”

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8:17am Thu 6 Feb 14

hoveguyactually says...

Like Brighton needs yet another restaurant!
Like Brighton needs yet another restaurant! hoveguyactually
  • Score: -10

8:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

MKMXM1 says...

I don;t think I'd like to live above the smell from a TGI Fridays...
I don;t think I'd like to live above the smell from a TGI Fridays... MKMXM1
  • Score: 9

9:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

BiggerH says...

onion rings mmmmmmmmm
onion rings mmmmmmmmm BiggerH
  • Score: 9

9:40am Thu 6 Feb 14

Alison Smith says...

Would the restaurant be on the Ground Floor rather than the First Floor?!
Would the restaurant be on the Ground Floor rather than the First Floor?! Alison Smith
  • Score: 4

10:25am Thu 6 Feb 14

Richada says...

"A former post office".

For many of we Brightonions, this building will forever be THE Post Office!
"A former post office". For many of we Brightonions, this building will forever be THE Post Office! Richada
  • Score: 26

10:29am Thu 6 Feb 14

pithound says...

Christmas 2015 - perhaps.
Christmas 2015 - perhaps. pithound
  • Score: -8

10:52am Thu 6 Feb 14

John60 says...

How sad, yet anther chain that serves up disgusting food!
How sad, yet anther chain that serves up disgusting food! John60
  • Score: -10

12:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

No doubt the former staff celebrated TGIF, POET's day etc every Friday!
No doubt the former staff celebrated TGIF, POET's day etc every Friday! Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: -9

12:13pm Thu 6 Feb 14

lizzy27 says...

Oh goody (sighing sarcastically) just what we need, another chain! Do we have no imagination or independence - HOW VERY DULL I will never go there.
Oh goody (sighing sarcastically) just what we need, another chain! Do we have no imagination or independence - HOW VERY DULL I will never go there. lizzy27
  • Score: -6

12:54pm Thu 6 Feb 14

rolivan says...

Will it be serving up food that is cooked elsewhere then frozen and brought in and put in a microwave and some salad or veg added seems to be accepted by everyone.
Will it be serving up food that is cooked elsewhere then frozen and brought in and put in a microwave and some salad or veg added seems to be accepted by everyone. rolivan
  • Score: -4

2:33pm Thu 6 Feb 14

toldsloth says...

Listen to all the whingers - come on then, what would YOU do? Be constructive.....
Personally I think TGI's sucks but I'd rather see this grand old building put to use than left to rot.
Listen to all the whingers - come on then, what would YOU do? Be constructive..... Personally I think TGI's sucks but I'd rather see this grand old building put to use than left to rot. toldsloth
  • Score: 19

3:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

About time !!!! Love T.G.I's......
About time !!!! Love T.G.I's...... Brighton Living
  • Score: 8

3:29pm Thu 6 Feb 14

bluemonday says...

why don't the whingers club together and open there own unique independent restaurant or whatever else you want,the building is being saved,or maybe the council would like to renovate it and turn it into flats,no,thought not.
why don't the whingers club together and open there own unique independent restaurant or whatever else you want,the building is being saved,or maybe the council would like to renovate it and turn it into flats,no,thought not. bluemonday
  • Score: 10

5:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

allykatz says...

Brighton could do with a TGI's, that space has been looking a bit tired for ages now. For once a welcome change.
Brighton could do with a TGI's, that space has been looking a bit tired for ages now. For once a welcome change. allykatz
  • Score: 8

5:12pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Brighton1000 says...

TGI's is a great idea, So what if its another restuarant? We are a tourist destination after all, Its called Supply and Demand you miserable gits????

Im not a TGi fan, but its hardly any cause for complaint or concern!
TGI's is a great idea, So what if its another restuarant? We are a tourist destination after all, Its called Supply and Demand you miserable gits???? Im not a TGi fan, but its hardly any cause for complaint or concern! Brighton1000
  • Score: 11

10:51pm Thu 6 Feb 14

deve says...

Will be great success. Quality fast food especially burgers are the fastest growing type of restaurants. Time will tell - if its good quality and value it will always be busy. Independent outlets can be good but they suffer from inconsistency. They are often expensive as they cannot get the advantages of bulk buying. Did you know Mcdonalds is the largest buyer of organic eggs in the UK ?
Will be great success. Quality fast food especially burgers are the fastest growing type of restaurants. Time will tell - if its good quality and value it will always be busy. Independent outlets can be good but they suffer from inconsistency. They are often expensive as they cannot get the advantages of bulk buying. Did you know Mcdonalds is the largest buyer of organic eggs in the UK ? deve
  • Score: 2

5:22am Fri 7 Feb 14

LOCAL INFORMATION says...

Yawn...this franchise is likely to fail in Brighton but if the deal allows the building to be restored that's good enough. Don't worry folks - it will make a great Poundland in a couple of year's time...
Yawn...this franchise is likely to fail in Brighton but if the deal allows the building to be restored that's good enough. Don't worry folks - it will make a great Poundland in a couple of year's time... LOCAL INFORMATION
  • Score: 0

5:37am Fri 7 Feb 14

LOCAL INFORMATION says...

Oh... and get ready for an entertaining shoot out between TGI's black and white striped mobsters and Brighton Council's Conservation area gang! It's gonna be like "real" 3D television (winner gets a free **** Star Martini?)
Oh... and get ready for an entertaining shoot out between TGI's black and white striped mobsters and Brighton Council's Conservation area gang! It's gonna be like "real" 3D television (winner gets a free **** Star Martini?) LOCAL INFORMATION
  • Score: -1

8:28am Fri 7 Feb 14

Old Ale Man says...

bluemonday wrote:
why don't the whingers club together and open there own unique independent restaurant or whatever else you want,the building is being saved,or maybe the council would like to renovate it and turn it into flats,no,thought not.
They could then whinge 24/7 about the food the whingers they employ that'll be serving up the food!!!
[quote][p][bold]bluemonday[/bold] wrote: why don't the whingers club together and open there own unique independent restaurant or whatever else you want,the building is being saved,or maybe the council would like to renovate it and turn it into flats,no,thought not.[/p][/quote]They could then whinge 24/7 about the food the whingers they employ that'll be serving up the food!!! Old Ale Man
  • Score: 0

8:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

ARMANA says...

toldsloth wrote:
Listen to all the whingers - come on then, what would YOU do? Be constructive.....
Personally I think TGI's sucks but I'd rather see this grand old building put to use than left to rot.
Strip club, ??
[quote][p][bold]toldsloth[/bold] wrote: Listen to all the whingers - come on then, what would YOU do? Be constructive..... Personally I think TGI's sucks but I'd rather see this grand old building put to use than left to rot.[/p][/quote]Strip club, ?? ARMANA
  • Score: 0

9:37pm Sat 8 Feb 14

winged says...

You would mosy definatly NEVER catch me in a T.G.I Fridays establishment but if I was to go for a meal there it would be really weird and nostalgic having spent alot of time in the squat before it was invaded by the Ketamine crew.
am glad the buildinds bekng put to good use FINALLY but what a sh!t francshise
You would mosy definatly NEVER catch me in a T.G.I Fridays establishment but if I was to go for a meal there it would be really weird and nostalgic having spent alot of time in the squat before it was invaded by the Ketamine crew. am glad the buildinds bekng put to good use FINALLY but what a sh!t francshise winged
  • Score: -1

10:46pm Tue 11 Feb 14

eastbourne blob says...

If you do nit want in brighton am sure eastbourne would love it
If you do nit want in brighton am sure eastbourne would love it eastbourne blob
  • Score: -1

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