Booths unveil vision for town

An artist's impression of the new Booths planned for Poulton town centre and (below) Coun Peter Gibson.

An artist's impression of the new Booths planned for Poulton town centre and (below) Coun Peter Gibson.

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THIS is the first look at a new-look supermarket set to transform the heart of Poulton.

Booths today revealed its plans to demolish part of the Teanlowe Centre and build a state-of-the-art store.

Coun Peter Gibson

Coun Peter Gibson

It comes just days after Dransfield Properties, owners of the adjacent Market Hall expressed its own interest in bringing an Asda supermarket and a new Market Hall to the site.

Both proposals will now be considered.

Graham Booth, Booths property director, said: “A redevelopment of the Teanlowe Centre gives us the perfect opportunity to create the foodstore in Poulton we have aspired to for such a long time – as well as revitalising an important town centre facility which has become neglected.

“We are aware a good deal of retail trade leaves Poulton and takes place elsewhere.

“We look forward to our plans being approved and Poulton’s shoppers being able to do the majority of their shopping in their own town.”

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The proposals would see the current Co-Op store and the mall of shops from the Teanlowe Car Park through to Blackpool Old Road demolished to make way for the new supermarket.

A Booths foodstore – twice the size of the existing Ball Street shop – would then be built on the site.

Bosses say discussions are being held with those tenants wishing to remain in the Teanlowe Centre.

The plans also include a link road through Hardhorn car park.

Wyre Council leader Coun Peter Gibson said: “We have been aware for some time of discussions between Booths and the Co-Operative over the Teanlowe Centre.

“We are pleased these negotiations have proved positive and will assess the plans on their own merits.”

Plans will go on display on Friday between 10am and 6pm and Saturday between 9am and 5pm in Unit 17 of the Teanlowe Centre.

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