Top chip shop’s plan for brand new diner

Artist's impression of new Senior's Express restaurant planned for the former HSBC bank in Bispham.

Artist's impression of new Senior's Express restaurant planned for the former HSBC bank in Bispham.

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AN AWARD winning chippy is hoping to expand it’s growing chain, providing a new way to eat a classic meal.

Seniors Fish and Chips, which already has three shops on the Fylde coast, has submitted plans to open up a fourth takeaway in the heart of Bispham.

The family-run business is looking to move away from its traditional over the counter service with its new development, where customers will be able eat their meal in a diner style restaurant.

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Alastair Horabin, joint-owner of Seniors’ which runs takeaways in Lytham, Thornton and Normoss Road, Blackpool, says the new restaurant is to become the first Seniors Express.

He said: “Over a number of years we have always tried to look at improving the area.

“We’ve been looking for a site and a thriving local community and I think we’ve found one in Bispham.”

Seniors, whose Thornton outlet is the current UK fish and chip shop of the year, employs 85 people across the current three sites.

With the opening of the new branch on Red Bank Road, Mr Horabin hopes this number will increase to 100.

He added: “With the new restaurant being close to the ones in Thornton and Blackpool, I think this provides something different.

“It allows people to eat in a relaxed environment with takeaway prices where you can enjoy fish and chips.”

The plans are set to come before Blackpool Council’s planning committee on July 7.

If successful, the owners will open the restaurant until 9pm – longer than the company’s existing premises – and cater for between 30 and 40 people at any one time.

Mr Horabin added: “Our shop in Thornton is currently the best in the UK and hopefully that will be brought to Bispham.”

Steve Pye, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Fylde coast branch, said: “Seniors are bringing more people to the area and competition is healthy.

“In this day and age, with businesses cutting down, it’s great to see firms expanding when there’s hardly any money around.”