AN ICE cream parlour and restaurant are set to open their doors in the centre of Stamford.
Mark and Amanda Bladen hope to bring a taste of the continent to the town with a new ice cream parlour and cafe in Star Lane.
The couple expect ice cream sales to make up most of their business but also intend to sell traditional cream teas, coffee, cakes and sandwiches from the new premises, which will be leased from Hereward Homes.
Mrs Bladen, of Baldwin Close, Wittering, said: “As an RAF family we have spent a lot of time in Germany which has some wonderful ice cream parlours.
“We moved here in 1997 and have always thought something similar would do well in Stamford and have finally decided to go for it.”
The couple hope to pick up the keys this weekend and start decorating, ready for a proposed opening date of May 12.
Mrs Bladen said: “Our plan is for the parlour to be much more continental than anything else Stamford has to offer. As well as offering more traditional ice creams for children, we plan to sell sundaes as more of a treat for the adults.”
The business will be called The Ice Cream Cafe and will initially be staffed by the Bladen family, but they hope to take on more staff as the business grows.
A new restaurant is also set to open at the former Odd Bins shop in Broad Street.
Gavin Hynes, of Budworth Hardcastle, confirmed that a restaurant chain has taken over the lease of the building and refurbishment work is under way.
The company, which has not been named, has five other restaurants across the country.
The arrival of the new businesses supports the findings of an economic survey carried out in Lincolnshire by chartered accountants Duncan & Toplis, which has a branch in Stamford.
The survey found that 63 per cent of business people believe Lincolnshire is a good place to start a new business.
The report says: “This is a positive message that should help attract new businesses to the county and perhaps be used by various bodies in their attempts to encourage new business start-ups and attract investment into the area.”
Several other companies have plans in Stamford.
UK Printwear has applied for planning permission to convert the former Stamford Tyres depot in St Leonard’s Street into an office and workshop space.
The business currently operates from a property in St Peter’s Street but wants to relocate to bigger premises to expand the business and take on two extra staff.
The company declined to comment until a decision has been made on the application.
Plans have also been submitted to South Kesteven District Council to convert the Daniel Lambert pub into a health centre while an independent wine merchant, Wine Cellar, is planned for a property in Broad Street.