New pub plan for empty bar

JD Wetherspoon is to open a  new pub at the former Edge  bar in Poulton.

JD Wetherspoon is to open a new pub at the former Edge bar in Poulton.

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A popular pub chain is to spend £1m redeveloping a neglected Poulton bar which has stood empty for two years.

JD Wetherspoon hopes to create between 45 and 50 jobs by moving into the former home of The Edge, on Hardhorn Road.

Wetherspoons has 880 pubs in the UK and has submitted plans to revamp the exterior of the two-storey Edge building as part of its ambitious proposals.

The plans include creating a new boundary wall and the provision of a raised paved area to replace the existing decking.

Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, said: “We don’t have any opening date at the moment but there’s an investment cost of £1m and the pub will create between 45 and 50 jobs.”

The Wetherspoon’s plans were today backed by town leaders.

Roger Critchley, chairman of Poulton Partnership, said: “The building is going to have money spent on it and create jobs, which is going to be a good thing.

“If it was in the centre of Poulton I would have been a bit worried because there’s 
already enough pubs in the core of the town, but a lot of people I’ve spoken to see this as being good.”

Coun Lesley McKay, ward councillor for Tithebarn on Wyre Council, said: “It’s really good for the town.

“The building has been opened and shut, opened and shut, so it’s great to see a big establishment coming in.”

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