The Dolphin Pub in Angola Road closed last Thursday week (May 2nd) with a growing expectation the pub will become another Tesco Express.
Worthing Borough Council fined the outgoing landlord Mr Stocken in December last year for non-compliance with an enforcement order requiring him to cease use of the land for the sale of vehicles. The District Judge then took a lenient view because the pub was not a viable business and Mr Stocken was struggling financially.
Owners of the Dolphin, Punch Taverns had indicated earlier in the year they had interest from Tesco should the premises become vacant.
There is a quirky precedent as a Tesco Express opened inside the former Dolphin Pub in Southbourne, Bournemouth in February 2012.