A CLEVELEYS retailer has reassured traders that they will replace an empty market with a new department store this year.
Mackays Stores submitted plans last May to demolish Victoria Market in Cleveleys and build a new shop on two floors.
The national retailer, which also owns two small separate ladieswear and menswear stores on Victoria Road West, plans to use the building as an M&Co department store selling clothes and household goods.
A spokesman said: “We look forward to starting on the site this year, hopefully in late spring, early summer.”
Cleveleys ward councillor Andrea Kay said the store would be a welcome addition to the town.
She said: “We all got very excited last year when plans for M&Co were unveiled but things have gone a bit quiet on that front.
“It’s good to hear plans are still in place and work will start this year.”
“We want this to be a big year for Cleveleys.
“I know there are a lot of shop owners who are struggling with their rent, they simply cannot afford what they are being charged – in some cases up to £40,000 a year.
An application to replace part of the existing the M&Co menswear and children’s shop, currently located on Victoria Road West with an amusement arcade have been submitted to Wyre Council.
It is not yet known what will happen to the second retail unit or to the M&Co ladies store, on the opposite side of the road.
Martin Hunns, who stepped down as chair of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade earlier this year said “I just hope these plans do go ahead later this year.”