Hatter’s Cake Designs and Tearooms has closed because the unit is being offered for lease by commercial property appraiser Lofthouse and Partners.
Hatter’s was known by the town’s population – both residents and students – as a popular café and tea shop. Her elaborate cakes were the top choice for birthdays, celebrations and special occasions.
But the store is now empty — and companies are already lining up to take over the Durham property.
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According to Lofthouse and Partners, the property is already on offer after receiving 10 offers from 22 interested parties.
This high level of interest is a positive sign for Durham High Street. There were concerns it would not be able to bounce back after the pandemic, when major brands such as Bill’s and Yorkshire Trading Company left the city.
But over the past year a thriving independent retail and leisure scene has grown, with new openings such as Happiness 2, Manakeet and Kokoro attracting and retaining visitors.
The former Hatter’s unit at 51 Saddler Street on the Durham Peninsula is available to rent for £12,000 per person (excluding annual).
The cafe’s premises are advertised as “well presented” and offer opportunities for a further cafe or retail space, “centrally located in the heart of the city of Durham” and located in the university town.
The property is located in a Category 2 listed building and is distributed over two floors, providing tenants with an area of 683 square meters.
The lease is available for a minimum of three years, with three annual rent adjustments.