Bowled over by £750,000 jobs boost

Superbowl above Brannigans
Superbowl above Brannigans

A POPULAR sea front leisure attraction will be brought back to life with a £750,000 investment.

Superbowl on Market Street, which went into liquidation four years ago, has been purchased by Garland Leisure Ltd which operates under the trading name First Bowl.

And the 30,000sq ft property, which is fully fitted out with 30 bowling lanes, will re-open in April bringing 45 jobs to the area.

Mehdi Afshar of Garland Leisure Ltd told The Gazette he wanted to bring the leisure facility back to it’s former glory.

He said: “We intend to re-open Blackpool Bowl, investing in a comprehensive £750,000 refurbishment that will give it a new lease of life. 

“With no other bowling centres currently operating in Blackpool, there is clearly significant potential to capitalise on the leisure needs of the local population, as well as the trade of the millions of visitors to the seaside resort every year.

“I am delighted with this successful purchase and am confident it will fit well within our fast expanding portfolio.”

The deal builds on Garland Leisure’s portfolio of family entertainment centres, following their acquisition of 11 10-pin bowling centres from AMF Bowling.

Superbowl was purchased for an undisclosed sum from the business’s liquidator, Bennett Verby LLP.

Leader of Blackpool Council Peter Callow told The Gazette the investment is another example of the exciting times ahead for the resort.

He said: “We welcome any investment in Blackpool from the private sector, anything that will improve Blackpool’s offering further.

“At a time when we cannot expect much money from the Government it’s important that we attract private businesses and it seems they are queuing up to put money into Blackpool at the moment.”

Coun Callow said the resort was looking forward to a marvellous season with investment in The Tower, Winter Gardens and Pleasure Beach.

He said: “When Merlin start advertising the resort we expect even more money to come in.

“These are exciting times and I would wish anyone who wants to invest in Blackpool the best of luck and let’s hope they do the town and the town does them proud.”