Harts Amusements in Bispham closes after 60 years of trading - here's what is planned for the site

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A popular family-run attraction in Bispham has closed following 60 years of trading - but there are new plans for the site.

Harts Amusements on Queen's Promenade closed its doors on Thursday (January 4) after 60 years of trading.

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Mitchell Hart said he had been "overwhelmed" by the support and kind words he had received from customers (Credit: Harts Amusements)Mitchell Hart said he had been "overwhelmed" by the support and kind words he had received from customers (Credit: Harts Amusements)
Mitchell Hart said he had been "overwhelmed" by the support and kind words he had received from customers (Credit: Harts Amusements) | Harts Amusements

Mitchell Hart told the Gazette he had been "overwhelmed" by the support and kind words that he had received from customers.

"People from all over the country have contacted us, sending in pictures which were lovely to see, memories that we will treasure," he said.

"We thank you all for supporting us over the last 60 years, it has been a pleasure."

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Harts Amusements was sold after 60 years of trading (Credit: Google)Harts Amusements was sold after 60 years of trading (Credit: Google)
Harts Amusements was sold after 60 years of trading (Credit: Google) | Google

As the shutters came down for the final time, a spokesman for Harts Amusements said: "We’re not crying…You are!

"The shutters are now down and the machines have been switched off for the final time.

"All the best to all of our customers past and present, take care!"

Steve Hoddy, Managing Director of Bispham and Cleveleys Kitchens Ltd, is the new owner of Harts AmusementsSteve Hoddy, Managing Director of Bispham and Cleveleys Kitchens Ltd, is the new owner of Harts Amusements
Steve Hoddy, Managing Director of Bispham and Cleveleys Kitchens Ltd, is the new owner of Harts Amusements | National World
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Steve Hoddy, Managing Director of Bispham and Cleveleys Kitchens Ltd, confirmed the arcade would reopen but with some changes.

He said: "As the new owners of the site, it is our intention to retain much of the tradition that Hart's worked so hard to establish and preserve, within a more up-to-date concept.

Steve Hoddy confirmed the arcade would reopen but with some changes (Credit: Harts Amusements)Steve Hoddy confirmed the arcade would reopen but with some changes (Credit: Harts Amusements)
Steve Hoddy confirmed the arcade would reopen but with some changes (Credit: Harts Amusements) | Harts Amusements

"Our present intention is to keep a family-oriented amusement arcade on the Promenade frontage of the site, though on a slightly smaller scale. 

"We also hope to build a fast food stand serving hot dogs, burgers, candy floss and donuts in the main building."

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Steve said he also wanted to create a single large retail outlet on Red Bank Road where three shops used to be

He hopes the unit will become a pharmacy to help the local community following the closure of nearby chemist's in the area.

Manfredi’s ice cream shop will remain as it is and Queens Mansions holiday apartments have been consulted and are "fully on board" with the plans.

All going well, Steve hopes the revamped site will reopen in June or July, 2024.

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"Bispham Kitchen and Hart's have fed from each other, if you will," Steve added.

"When a family turns up the parents go to the arcade and the parents come for a meal, and they're right next door to each other, so it's holding people in the area.

"So I think it is important for Bispham Kitchen that the arcade remains and vice versa as well."

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