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Fast food chain Pepe’s Piri Piri to open in former TSB Bank in Maidstone High Street

A fast food franchise is set to open in a former high street bank.

Plans to convert the former TSB in Maidstone High Street into a Pepe’s Piri Piri restaurant have been approved.

The TSB bank closed in May 2022
The TSB bank closed in May 2022

An application to convert the ground floor into a 46-seat restaurant and takeaway were submitted in Autumn of last year.

The basement will be used for storage and staff toilets and changing space.

Maidstone Borough Council has now given the fast food chain the green light.

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The plans for the former TSB unit
The plans for the former TSB unit

In the papers, Pepe’s is not explicitly stated as the restaurant, but designs indicate so.

A sign of the chain is set to be placed where the old TSB hanging logo once sat.

The unit had been vacant since the bank closed in May 2022.

The closure was a result of TSB shutting down a number of its branches following the pandemic.

Customer habits changed as people turned to online banking during lockdown, leading to reduced footfall when stores opened after.

Pepe’s is a piri-piri chicken franchise with 187 stores nationwide.

Its menu features wraps, burgers, wings, and chicken and rice boxes.

There is currently one branch in Kent, in Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells.

The Maidstone restaurant will be the second in the county. An opening date is not yet known.

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