Booths in talks for Teanlowe move

The Teanlowe centre, Poulton.
The Teanlowe centre, Poulton.

RADICAL new plans for Poulton town centre could include supermarket chain Booths moving into the town’s Teanlowe Centre.

Earlier this year the supermarket chain showcased plans for a new and improved store located on the car park of its Ball Street outlet.

But Wyre Council has now confirmed negotiations into a joint venture between the Teanlowe Centre and Booths Supermarket are ongoing.

Wyre councillor Barry Birch said: “A proposed plan from Booths received great support from local people during a public consultation period.

“I have to say that this is one of a number of proposals for Poulton and we are awaiting the potential purchase of the Teanlowe Centre, which we understand will be working with Booths supermarket for a possible joint venture.

“These are exciting times but we need the traders in the town to be positive and patient – until legal formalities have been completed, we are not in a position to proceed immediately.”

Wyre Council has also revealed plans for a monthly market in the town.

The announcement has led to calls for a revitalised Traders’ Association to work with the council on any proposed developments but George McCaffer, who is chair of the current association, says numbers are dwindling and he wants business owners to re-energise the group.

He said: “When I reformed the association I had a good response, but over the years numbers have dwindled.”

Interested traders should call 07531 61445

Meanwhile, charity bosses have vowed a second-hand shop which opened in a market town this week will be a temporary measure.

The British Red Cross store caused controversy among traders in Poulton when the shop’s opening was announced last week.

Traders said the charity shop, which moved into the prominent former Ethel Austin store in the Market Hall shopping centre, was the wrong type of business for the town and would not boost the local economy.

But the charity has insisted the store, which officially last week, is only temporary until Wyre Council find a permanent business to move in.

British Red Cross retail manager Angela Harding said the store had already proved popular with locals.