An eyesore opposite Worthing’s seafront is set to be transformed with a ‘food, drink and wellbeing hub’ popping up in front of the Grafton Street multi-storey car park.
Property firm QED has submitted plans for a ‘pop-up’ outlet on the open-air terrace in front of the car park and opposite the seafront to accommodate food and drink stalls and even activities such as yoga and walking clubs.
It should open this summer if plans are approved, which is likely.
“Known as Level 1, the area is billed as somewhere the whole community can take advantage of – as they work, eat, drink, exercise and have fun – while enjoying the views towards the seafront,” says the council.
“We are hoping the pop-up will be a next step for some of the seafront concessions to have premises and for their businesses to flourish,” said QED Director Harry Smith.
“We hope the pop-up will create 24 full-time equivalent jobs and we will focus on recruiting those aged 16 to 24 that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.”
The pop-up should be year round, which means Christmas markets could be held there as well as performances and other events.