In the Market for £3m investment

Craig Southall, general manager for Yates and chairman for Blackpool Pubwatch
Craig Southall, general manager for Yates and chairman for Blackpool Pubwatch
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A MULTI-MILLION pound investment is set to transform a Blackpool street into the resort’s top night-time hot spot.

That was according to Craig Southall, chairman of Blackpool PubWatch, who says Market Street will be left “sparkling” following £3m investment from top name brands.

Only a few of months ago, the road was branded Blackpool’s most violent street after the Government’s new crime website reported 16 crimes and 24 incidents of anti-social behaviour in just one month.

Safety

But the area is set for a major transformation which Mr Southall says will boost the night-time economy and improve safety.

He said: “Yates’s is getting a makeover, there’s the Lloyds new build, Superbowl is re-opening and a re-vamp to NTK. We’re also getting a Revolution bar on Market Street.

“Once it’s all done, it’ll be fantastic.

“A lot of locals go to Queen Street but I think we’ll see a full migration onto Market Street.

“It’ll also help bring people in mid-week.”

Garland Leisure Ltd, which operates under the trading name First Bowl, is investing £750,000 in the former Super Bowl range above Brannigan’s, where Revolution is set to open thanks to a £600,000 investment.

North West Leisure has started a £500,000 refurbishment of the former NTK bar while Yates’s is pouring £65,000 into a makeover as well as outdoor seating areas on the Promenade and Market Street.

Mr Southall, who is the manager of Yates’s, added: “All the residents have suffered because of the Prom closure so we’re looking forward to having this outdoor area.

“Market Street is a bit quiet because you have got all the bars on the other side of Talbot Square but I think as soon as these venues open, it’ll change.

“It will be a much nicer street where all the major brands will be working alongside each other.

“These strong brands are very focused on safety.

“It will lend itself to becoming slightly more up-market and will improve safety.

“Everyone’s exteriors will be brand new, it’ll look like a fantastic new street.”

More than £1m has been poured into Lloyds’ new premises, which will be named Layton Rakes and is due to open on July 22.

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for Lloyds, said: “The company has got a couple of businesses in Blackpool and has been looking to add to our business in the town.

“From our point of view if other companies are investing in the area it’s a very positive thing, adding to the vitality of the location.

“We are delighted it’s coming to fruition.”

It is hoped the full transformation of the street will be complete by July.

Mr Southall added: “By July, everything should have changed. It’s like someone is going to turn the switch on – it’ll all be sparkling.”