The next stage of the £20m revamp of the Teanlowe Centre in Poulton is under way.
Lancashire supermarket Booths has started work on the centre where it plans to build a 35,200 sq ft store.
The project will involve demolition of the western part of the existing Teanlowe Centre, which contains, among others, Co-op and W H Smith, to make way for the new store.
Repairs and improvements will be made to the remainder of the centre comprising the eastern mall, which leads out to Market Place.
The first stage of the process has already been completed, with the permanent relocation of Occasions, Cards & Gifts into the eastern mall, and the temporary relocation of Bodycare ahead of their taking over a large modernised shop opposite Something Special, Occasions, Oxfam and Thomsons Travel.
A spokesman said the roof over the eastern mall leading to Market Place is to be renewed and this work will start shortly. It is due to be completed in January 2014.
This will be followed by an extension of the former Clark’s shoe shop into Market Place, to accommodate relocated tenants and further works including new floor and ceiling finishes, and a two storey glazed entrance.
The final stage, which is due to start next October will be the demolition of the western mall to make way for the new Booths store.
The Teanlowe car park will be upgraded and will become a free short stay car park for shoppers, similar to the car park at the Garstang Booths.
The creation of the new link road through the Hardhorn Road car park, which will improve circulation of traffic is due to open before completion of the new store in 2016.
Graham Booth, Booths’ property director, said, “The redevelopment of the Teanlowe Centre will revitalise an important Town centre facility which has become rather neglected.
“Booths will ensure that the work is done with minimum disruption for both shoppers and retailers.”
Coun Gordon McCann, from Wyre Council, said: “I’m encouraged by the progress at the Teanlowe Centre and very much looking forward to the end result.
“The centre of Poulton has a lot to gain from this development, from a greatly improved shopping centre to free parking and improved traffic flow. Any minor disruption as work progresses will be more than worth it in the long run.”