Jacket potato fans are celebrating after popular Sudd’s Spuds were told they can continue trading on their town centre pitch – after an 11-month legal battle with shopping precinct bosses.
The business looked set to be kicked off The Strand, in Longton, after owner David Suddes was given 14 days to leave last December.
It followed complaints from Longton Exchange that the stand was unsightly and emitting a bad smell.
But David survived that legal threat only to be told that he was trading ‘illegally’ when he reopened following the coronavirus lockdown.
Now Sudd’s Spuds has received a ‘notice of discontinuance’ which has brought the matter to a close.
And fans of the spud stand are delighted.
Karen Capper said: “Brilliant…. Love a jacket spud. A nice change for a healthy option,” and Jonathan Howell said it’s the best place he’s been been for a jacket spud by far.
He said: “Leave them alone. How can nice hot food be a bad smell. Longton is trying its best to survive not to mention this pandemic.
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“They should be encouraging more like this and bring more trade to Longton not driving it away.”
Anika Hunter says it is ‘absolutely brilliant’ news. She said: “Well done for standing your ground.”
Ryan James Green said: “Longton wouldn’t be the same without these guys there!
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“Their stall has been in Longton as far back as I can remember. You always get good service from them and the potatoes are delicious and good value for money too! I’m so glad they are staying!
And Kim Surtees said: “Finally some good news, they never needed to go through this in the first place but at least it’s sorted now.”