Delight at store job boost

Blockbuster, in Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes,
Blockbuster, in Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes,
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Community leaders have hailed the arrival of a new Subway store as a breadwinner after the chain confirmed it would provide 10 jobs.

The popular sandwich firm is to launch a new store on Kilnhouse Lane in St Annes next month – its second store in the town – after taking over the former Blockbuster video unit.

Fylde councillor Tony Ford

Fylde councillor Tony Ford

Today town councillors praised the arrival of the shop for giving a jobs boost to the area.

Kilnhouse ward Coun Christine Akeroyd said: “It is a welcome thing to provide jobs and it is pleasing to see an empty unit is being used to bring employment into the area.

“We do have another Subway in St Annes Square, but it helps give the area in Kilnhouse Lane a new lease of life and brings welcome income too.

“I believe they have extended the site to an empty section of land to the left of the current unit, building toilets and other amenities too.”

St Annes Town Council member Coun Tony Ford, pictured, said there had been some concerns about another takeaway-style development in the town, but admitted new jobs were a positive.

He added: “From a town council point of view I would welcome developments in town which provide jobs and services.

“It is a national chain and I hope they look to support us.”

Subway, which formerly had a store in Clifton Street, Lytham, launched a shop in 2012 at the corner of St Annes Square and Clifton Drive South.

The site was a landmark venue in the town, having long been occupied by Burton’s tailors.

The new store follows a Subway store launched in Warton this summer.

Neil Denny, Subway regional development agent, said: “We are pleased to announce a new Subway store will open on Saturday, October 18, on Kilnhouse Lane in St Annes.

“This is the seventh store to be opened by local Subway franchisees, Ben and Anne Wade who are looking forward to getting involved with the local community and creating more than 10 part-time and full-time jobs for local residents.

“This new store is in direct response to the increasing consumer demand in the town for affordable, healthier choices offered by the Subway brand, and we’re sure that the new store will be a great success.”