Work is set to begin on a supermarket which is “pivotal” to the regeneration of Poulton.
The multi-million pound re-development of the Teanlowe Centre, on Queensway, in the market town, will see Booths build a new foodstore to replace the Co-Operative building and new entrances created.
The company says “remedial” work is set to begin at the site “straight away”, and The Gazette understands this will mean within the next fortnight.
The existing car park will be improved with new surfacing or lighting.
Shoppers will be given three hours of free parking in the new car park once work is complete.
Work could also take place to build a new road through the Hardhorn Road car park.
Community leaders today said the redevelopment work will be a great boost for the town. Coun Peter Gibson, Breck ward councillor for Wyre Council, said: “When a company like Booths is prepared to make a massive investment in Poulton it shows what a bright future it has when you consider other developments in the town like Wetherspoons.
“It shows the town is on the way up and I welcome any investment into the town.
Carol Woolley, of Poulton Historical and Civic Society, added: “We’ve been behind Booths since day one and it’s going to be pivotal to Poulton’s regeneration.
“I’m sure people will be delighted because it’s been in a state of disrepair and nothing had been done with it for years.
“Booths has worked with the traders in there to re-house them and they are all extremely happy with that.”
A spokesman for Booths said: “Booths is starting remedial works to the centre straight away, with mall refurbishment and new shop units to begin early next year, prior to starting the construction of the new Booths store.”