Shopping centre set for major revamp

Plans for the Kirkgate Centre in Kirkham
Plans for the Kirkgate Centre in Kirkham
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Dozens of jobs could be created after proposals were lodged with council planners for a major refurbishment of a town shopping centre.

An application has been submitted to Fylde Council to convert the Kirkgate Centre in Poulton Street, Kirkham, from office use to retail use, as well as put up advertising signs for a discount department store called The Original Factory Shop.

If approved, it could lead to the building, which first opened in the early 1990s, being transformed, bringing with it dozens of jobs to the town.

Coun Peter Hardy, Fylde mayor, called the move a major boost for Kirkham’s high street.

He added: “If they bring in more full-time jobs it can only be a good thing.

“The upper floors of the Kirkgate Centre have been wasted for many years.

“It has great potential. Anything to bring more business and jobs to the town is great.

“We will just have to see what the plans are. To me the building up above is wasted. I think it needs something doing to it.

“The potential is there – hopefully this will happen. It sounds like something positive.”

The site’s ground floor shops first opened in 1970 and were revitalised in 1993 when the Kirkgate Centre opened.

In the past it has been a cinema and a bingo hall.

A spokesman for The Original Factory Shop, which has more than 200 stores nationwide and first opened in 1969, declined to comment on the applications.