One of Hull's best known florists has closed down

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Nov 2018

One of Hull’s best known florists has closed in another blow to Princes Avenue.

It was confirmed last week that Italian restaurant Lucca had closed, although it is set to reopen with new owners, and now it has been confirmed Hollyhocks next door has also shut.

The premises has been padlocked and all the shelves are empty. There are no signs to say the florist has been closed permanently but the owners of the building have confirmed the florist is no longer trading.

A spokesman for the owners said: “This business has closed down and ceased trading.

"There are no plans yet for the property but it shall be cleaned up and put up to let.”

Others businesses and restaurants in Princes Avenue have also struggled with Bait, Aunt Bibby’s and Wagon Coffee House now all empty units down the street.

The Tiffin Box, which used to be Florins, has also been closed for some time sparking further fears for the future of the Indian restaurant in Princes Avenue.

Hollyhocks florists in Princes Avenue, west Hull has closed suddenly (Image: Hull Live)

The property owner believes the focus on areas like the Fruit Market is having a knock-on effect for the Avenues area.

He said: “Hull City Council and its support for the city centre and the Marina is not helping the Avenues.”

Notices went up, which have since been taken down, for a peaceable repossession of the Lucca business after it appears the previous owners were in rent arrears.

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The building’s owners revealed a new operator will take over the restaurant and it will be called New Lucca.

The premises is currently closed for a refurbishment but will open again in two weeks so all the Christmasbookings can be honoured.

In the new year, the premises will close again for a total refit which will cost around £60,000.

A spokesman for the owners said: “The restaurant will be called the New Lucca which will be Italian themed with an added Spanish twist.

“There will be another full £60,000 refurbishment next year once the Christmas period is over. The function rooms will be available with personal staff and bar staff.”



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