Investment is a boost for town

Justin Liau, manager of Pizza Express Lytham

Justin Liau, manager of Pizza Express Lytham

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NATIONAL restaurant firm Pizza Express is investing around £100,000 in its Lytham premises.

And business leaders say the move is just the vote of confidence needed to boost the town in uncertain economic times.

The Clifton Street restaurant is currently closed, and will reopen sporting a bold new look on May 22.

Manager Justin Liau said the move represented a huge commitment from its owner.

He added: “It’s a complete refurbishment, we’re changing the style of dining and we’re trying to change the acoustics of the place as well.

“We’ve actually created fewer tables in the new plan because we want to give people more space.

“But we’ll have more spaces outside.

“I don’t want to reveal too much yet, but the changes will sit well in Lytham and complement the town.

“This is a very busy restaurant and we are fully booked every Friday and Saturday night at the very least.”

The nationwide pizza chain owns all of its restaurants after purchasing the stores it had allowed out on franchise, to ensure all were maintained at the same standard.

Its new Blackpool restaurant, on St John’s Square, has been a huge hit and is was one of the first to benefit from the firm’s bold new refurbishing scheme.

The investment has been welcomed by the Lytham Business Partnership.

Vice chairman Robert Silverwood said: “This sounds good for the town.

“If it’s like the flagship restaurant they opened in Blackpool it will look wonderful.

“It probably was starting to look a bit tired as it hasn’t been altered since it opened.

“Pizza Express must see a good future in this town which is a good thing for us all.

“It’s a fairly upmarket restaurant and Lytham is obviously working for them.”