York’s ultimate corner shop is back on the market.

Number 2 Coney Street, which was home to Burgins Perfumery for 137 years, was set to be reborn as a café.

The Lucky Days group planned to open its fourth branch in the ground floor building, on the corner of St Helen’s Square.

But it has now withrawn its change of use application, and the unit is open to offers once more.

Ten-year lease plan

Burgins was a fixture in York for decades
Lucky Days planned to open a café and takeaway at the Coney Street outlet.

It was planning to take a ten-year-lease, transforming the basement into a seating area for 26 customers, and creating an outdoor seating area.

Owner Chris Holder told the Press that he encountered too many bureaucratic challenges in attempting to alter the building, which is Grade II listed.

He also said he was told he could only have enough outdoor seating for four people, rather than the 16 he had hoped for.


The property is now on the market again with Blacks.

The rent is put at around £45K a year, and the business rates £18.8K a year. That gives you two floors with a total of 607 sq ft of space.

Historic shop

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The Burgins shop first opened as Mark F Burgin’s pharmacy in 1880 and it was taken over by the Wright family in 1934, with Jeremy Wright changing it into a perfumery in 1972.

The business was subsequently taken over by June Yeo and then Hanus Wolf in 2011.

Hanus closed Burgins in July 2017, saying that digital shopping, out-of-town stores and the decline of Coney Street had all played a part.
 

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stroll past Burgins on a visit to York