Quick Pick Food Shop owner Robert Patel is seeking approval to demolish the former Marylou’s Coffee building on Atlantic Hill and construct a roughly 31-foot-high, mixed-used building with a convenience store on the first floor and a one-bedroom apartment above.
Patel will present his plans to the planning board at a public hearing on Oct. 12. If the plan gains town approval, the existing building at 248 Atlantic Ave., across from Hull Town Hall, will be torn down because it is in disrepair. The name of the new shop, which Patel told The Hull Times he hopes would open next spring, has not yet been decided.
Patel, who purchased the building in December 2020, said the store would offer milk, canned goods, ice, soda, ice cream, snacks, pet food, items used in baking, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and other convenience offerings similar to what “a Mom-and-Pop store offers,” in addition to pre-packaged breakfast items and fresh-brewed coffee throughout the day until closing. The proposed hours are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., similar to his current business at 261 Nantasket Ave.
“I think this is something that the neighborhood needs,” Patel said. “I’ve had good feedback from some residents about a shop that will offer more than coffee, as much as everyone enjoyed Marylou’s. It would also be convenient for those living in the housing next door. I’m looking forward to the shop opening, pending approval.”
The building has been empty since Marylou’s closed after owners Ronald and Marylou Sandry sold the building to Patel for $360,000. Prior to Marylou’s, the building had housed the Atlantic Hill Market for generations.
Patel will go before the planning board on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m., for site plan review of the proposal. The public hearing is scheduled to be remote.
Patel’s plans available in the planning board office at town and are posted at www.town.hull.ma.us/planning-board, as is a link to the remote meeting.