More jobs as store grows twice as big

Expanded store & Anil Abbott and his wife Arti
Expanded store & Anil Abbott and his wife Arti

A high street shop in Fleetwood has doubled in size after a major investment and up to six new jobs could be created as a result.

Pricewise on Lord Street, close to the Fisherman’s Walk tramstop, has been gutted, extended at the rear and completely refitted.

The shop is run by retired Indian Army colonel Anil Abbott, assisted by his wife Arti and son Archie, and there was an official opening on Monday morning this week.

Trade in the town has been badly hit by the loss of trams while work on the new supertram service is under way.

But Mr Abbott said he had confidence in Fleetwood.

He said: “I don’t want to say how much we have invested but it’s a lot of money.

“A lot of people were saying, why are you doing this? You are a fool. But we are totally optimistic that the business will go well.

“The trams will come back and we will get the business. This is one of the main tram stations and I think this is a gateway to Fleetwood.

“There are just the three of us at the moment but I see four to six people being taken on in the near future.”

The Abbott family moved in two and a half years ago when the shop was an inconvenient horse-shoe shape. He said: “This was an old hardware shop which had been turned into an off-licence and it was in a very dilapidated condition.

“Most people used to look in here for something and they couldn’t find it because it was just a shambles. Now we can say this a proper convenience store for local people.

“We aren’t worried about Asda – we are here as a service for local people and it will work because of our good relations with local people.”

The shop, which will be linked to the Premier chain, closed for six weeks for the improvement works.

Monday’s official opening was carried out by chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, Coun Terry Rogers. Coun Rogers said: “It’s great Anil is investing in the town. He has done a great job here.”