BLACKPOOL could soon boast three new top-notch food outlets.
For the resort’s Subway franchise has high hopes of developing a third store in the town – along with the imminent arrival of Nando’s and a Pizza Express in the near future.
Despite having to relocate his town centre premises in November 2009 following the devastating Yates’s fire, Blackpool Subway owner Phil Hough has managed to increase his town centre turnover by 20 per cent in the last year.
Blackpool Council’s Business Partnership’s Co-ordinator, Donna Taylor, said: “Our Enterprise Department engaged with Subway to offer help with relocating the business to Market Street, a £17,000 capital grant towards building fit-out via the Council’s Invest In Blackpool scheme, and linked Phil up with a business mentor via the Guardian Angels programme.”
The programme gives businesses a dedicated support worker who can guide them around any potential problems.
Mr Hough said: “Donna’s support and advice was invaluable to me.
“She helped to clarify everything and pointed me in the direction of the other useful initiatives which collectively enabled me to reopen and get back in business.
“The process made me a lot more positive and has given me a great deal of confidence.
“It taught me that you shouldn’t be scared of the jargon, as with help and guidance you can find your way through and not only keep your head way above water but hovering above!
“I very much appreciate the additional help from Invest in Blackpool and am now planning my third store in Blackpool, and I have offered financial assistance to two other town centre businesses who found themselves in a similar position to mine.“
Work is well under way on the new Nando’s restaurant in Church Street, next to the Grand Theatre.
The South African chain – a chicken specialist – is hoping to be open sooner rather than later.
A spokesman said: “We are hoping to be open in early March and work is going well on-site.”
However, the town’s Pizza Express restaurant will not be open as soon as was hoped.
Also set for Church Street, the chain, popular with families, delighted Town Hall bosses when it announced plans to bring its brand of Italian food to the resort.
A spokesman for the firm confirmed, although the chain was still set to open in the town, the opening date had now been put back as work is yet to start on the site.
No official date for the restaurant to open has been set.