KARAOKE is coming to Colchester.
Plans have been submitted to open a karaoke bar in the town’s High Street, on the first floor above a speciality Chinese supermarket.
Bofei Du, the applicant, an Essex University management graduate, opened the shop in August last year.
She said: “This would be the first I have run. They are very popular in China, every day during afternoons and evenings.
“The shop has been quite busy since we opened in August and I think there is an opportunity here.
“There are many of them in China and they make money and I think there is a chance to do it here.
“It will be a place for friends to meet and sing and I hope to get permission.”
Ms Du, 30, said she fell in love with Colchester after studying here. She said: “I love the feel of Colchester. The people are very nice and I feel safe.”
Under the plans, the bar would be open from 3pm until midnight each day of the week.
The Grade-II listed building was formerly used as a children’s shoe shop.
The only internal alterations planned are a staircase and a change to the room lay-out.
The applicant has agreed to add sound-proofing if required.
Colchester Council has the final say on the application and is set to make a decision by February 24.
Songs you might be singing at the bar: