Commercial agent Chris Lawson has written to the licensing authority in support of an application for a bar in the former Joli Couture premises in Uckfield High Street.
Mr Lawson, of Lawson Commercial, told Uckfield News it was becoming ever-more difficult to find “proper” retailers for town shops.
This was because of the major impact of the internet on shopping patterns and it meant that more leisure-style businesses were proving successful in their place.
Mr Lawson, who is handling the letting of 75 High Street, said: “We are seeing a rise in the number of businesses proving successful because they are providing a service or activity which you can’t do on the internet such as hairdressing, beauticians, nail bars, barbers, coffee shops, takeaways and the like.
“It is one reason why I felt that a drinking establishment in this shop would be successful, partly because we don’t have too many of them already in Uckfield, certainly not in the middle of town, and it is well away from any residential properties.”
Mr Lawson said he does have an offer to take the shop from “yet another charity/second hand shop”, but the landlord, in his view quite rightly, decided that to have four charity shops with only Hartfields in the middle, would not look good in the townscape.
Read more about the plans for the former Joli Couture premises here: More detail on plans for new Uckfield bar.
And here is a story on the BBC website, shared by Mr Lawson, about changing high streets: Coffee shops on the march as pubs decline, town centre data shows.