First glimpse of landmark store

An artist's impression of the new Booths store in Poulton
An artist's impression of the new Booths store in Poulton
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THIS is the first image of a new supermarket planned for Poulton.

Plans for an improved Booths Supermarket are due to be unveiled to the public next week.

The new store will be re-built on the site of the existing Booths car park on Ball Street.

It will have a sales area of more than 20,000 sq ft and an additional 200 car parking spaces which could be sited on a two-storey car park.

The building may also incorporate a medical facility if plans are approved.

A draft of the plans will be available to view at the existing Booths store from Monday.

Graham Booth, Booths property director, said the store had been trading successfully in the town for over 35 years but the present site had become inadequate.

He said: “This is a really exciting project for us.

“It will enable us to offer our customers the full range of goods and services which customers enjoy in our other recent store developments.”

Coun Barry Birch said he hoped the development would be a ‘catalyst’ for further improvements in the town.

He said: “The council has received the draft plans from Booths and we are very excited.

“The plans look great and it is exciting to see a medical facility mentioned as it could be the answer to our prayers in that respect.

“Booths are a very well respected supermarket and really do offer the public a good choice of quality food.

“We would encourage this type of development in Poulton.”

John Bailie, a member of Concerned Residents of Poulton (CROP) believes the Booths development seemed to be one of the better ideas put forward for the town.

He said: “There have been so many rumours as to how Poulton should move forward.

“This seems to be one of the more sensible ideas but it has to be right for the town and I look forward to looking at the final plans next week.”

The proposals will be on display in Booths for three weeks.

The public will be invited to make comments and suggestions.

Residents’ opinions will be taken into consideration in a planning application which will follow.

Comments can be sent to poultonexhibition@booths.co.uk.

Plans to house Wyre Council’s civic centre in the new Booths store were scrapped after they received mixed opinion from residents.