A BLACKPOOL entrepreneur has opened his third store – and put his faith in an area blighted by shop closures.
And Philip Hough’s decision to open a Subway franchise on Central Drive, opposite the rear of Coral Island and the large Car park, has been welcomed by business leaders.
Philip said: “Its great to be opening my third store.
“Two years ago I was left facing troubling times after the fire at Yates closed my Clifton street store. I had lots of staff that I didn’t want to make redundant so I decided to open on Market Street.
“With help from the council I managed to keep the staff on and now they are trained as store managers and will be running the new store, nestled between two Blackpool icons – the Castle pub and Mickey Finns Fish and Chips.
“I think it’s a great location. We have the main route for shoppers into the town centre and the main car park for the day trippers and commuters, while also being in the heart of the bed and breakfast area for the tourists.”
The vacant premises rate on Central Drive saw the Government award Blackpool Council a £100,000 grant to help the high street.
The new store has been welcomed by Steve Pye of the Federation of Small Businesses.
He said: “Philip is another one putting his money where his mouth is and it’s good to see.
“He’s trying to build trade and expand his business.
“There are shop closures all over the UK for a variety of reasons.
“This is a densely-populated area and he has a product that people know and will travel for. He will do well.”
It took 20 skips to remove rubbish from the building which was previously painted pink.
Staff helped clear the building and Philip said the knowledge he gained developing the shop will help him on his next project – store number four.
The entrepreneur opened his first store ten years ago, the second Subway to open in the UK.