‘We could sit side by side’

An artist's impression of the new Booths store and (below) Retail Property Director for Dransfield Properties, Andrew Malley.

An artist's impression of the new Booths store and (below) Retail Property Director for Dransfield Properties, Andrew Malley.

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BOSSES behind plans for a new Market Hall in Poulton hope their scheme can sit side by side with a new Booths supermarket.

Last week Dransfield Properties revealed plans to demolish Market Hall and build an Asda supermarket in its place with the hall re-built on the Teanlowe Centre car park.

Retail Property Director for Dransfield Properties, Andrew Malley.

Retail Property Director for Dransfield Properties, Andrew Malley.

The Yorkshire based company also hoped a bid for the Teanlowe Centre would be accepted by the Co-op group.

But just days later Booths – who already own a supermarket in the town – revealed it had purchased the Teanlowe Centre and showcased their plans to demolish a section of the shopping centre to build a state-of-the-art new store.

Dransfield bosses told The Gazette despite their unsuccessful Teanlowe bid, they are keen to push forward with a new Market Hall and Asda store.

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Retail property director, Andrew Malley, said: “We have only seen a visual of the Booths proposals at this stage and we are looking forward to seeing the plans in more detail at the public consultation.

“We would hope the two developments can sit side by side giving real choice for all the shoppers of Poulton and preventing the trade leakage which currently exists.”

However, Graham Booth, Booths property director, believes the two schemes do not compliment each other.

He said: “The Dransfield scheme as it is drawn is not complimentary with our plans.

“But there are aspects which could work with our plans and I think what we are doing would allow for redevelopment of the Market Hall in some form.”

Both Dransfield and Booths were asked to incorporate a relief road through Hardhorn car park to reduce traffic pollution in the town by Wyre Council.

Public feedback on both schemes is now being considered.

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