Firm hopes city 'show home' will be built this year
THE boss of a firm that wants to knock down a derelict Derby pub and replace it with a show "home" to display bespoke home fittings and furniture says he wants to see the business open this year.
Osborne of Ilkeston wants to knock down The Late Bar, in Ford Street to create a showroom that people can come and stay in overnight so they can test out things like beds and ovens.
The firm hopes to attract Europe's wealthy elite to the showroom, where a fitted kitchen, for example, would cost between £25,000 and £120,000.
It has applied to Derby City Council for permission to create the showroom, parking, and separate apartments.
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Brian Osborne, the firm's operations manager, said: "It's a project we'd like to see completed this year. It's likely to create a couple of jobs."
Visitors to the Derby Telegraph's website had mixed views on the plans.
Sadie73, doubted whether wealthy people from abroad would want to come to the area. Her message said: "Experience the Monte Carlo-esque sight of drunks vomiting and fighting under Friar Gate bridge. Gasp with awe at the bohemian attractions of paralytic students spilling out of Scream in the early hours."
Another post, by Wulfram, said: "I fully support redevelopment in this area. The pub hasn't been a success for a number of years."