A former Department for Work and Pensions site in Fylde has been sold to a property group – with a new Booths store part of plans.
The 18 acre Premium Bonds site, in Heyhouses Lane, St Annes, has been bought by the Marcus Worthington Group from Telereal Trillium in a multi-million pound deal.
Outline planning consent for the redevelopment of the site was granted in October to provide 250 new homes, together with 30,000sq ft of retail space and an 85-bed retirement and care home.
Following negotiations, regional supermarket chain Booths has confirmed it will take up a lease for part of the retail space – leading to the closure of its store in Ansdell.
Graham Booth, property director at Booths said: “Our existing store on Woodlands Road in Ansdell, due to its size and position, does not allow us to offer the range of goods and services expected by today’s customers.
“The Heyhouses Lane store will be a fantastic replacement for Ansdell and will allow all our existing customers the opportunity to enjoy the full Booths experience while also offering the full range of modern facilities including car parking, customer toilets, and in-store restaurant. “All the staff currently employed within the Ansdell store will be offered replacement jobs in the new store and we very much hope that everyone will take up this offer.”
Mr Booth confirmed the supermarket chain is in discussions with another operator to take over the site in Ansdell, with it hoped it will remain as a convenience store for the village.
Russell Worthington, development director from the Marcus Worthington Group added: “Heyhouses Lane is an extremely important regeneration project for the area and we have a real desire to create a vibrant community here by delivering a sympathetic scheme that will enhance the town both visually and economically.”