TRADE bosses have spoken of their delight after a leading retailer unveiled plans to replace an empty market.
Nationwide retailer Mackays Stores has submitted plans to demolish Victoria Market in Cleveleys and build a new shop on two floors.
The retailer, which currently owns two small separate premises in Victoria Road West, plans to use the building as an M&Co department store selling clothes and household goods.
Martin Hunns, chairman of Cleveleys Chamber of Trade said the plans would be great news for the area.
He said: “At the moment the market building is empty which does not look good, so if we can fill it or replace it with life, that is a great.
“Everyone knows Blackpool and Cleveleys have suffered because of the tram and road works and it has been really tough.
“This is a good sign on the horizon, something is happening, obviously the last thing we want is empty shops.
“And if Mackays develop in the area other business may follow which along with the roads reopening and better weather could lead to a buzz of activity.
“My only concern is what will happen to the two stores they currently own.”
If given the go ahead, the store would face onto both Princes Street and Victoria Road West.
The height of the new build would match that of Elegant Clothing Co which stands to the side of the development.
A spokesman for Singleton Architects, on behalf of Mackays said the building is designed to ‘delight and inspire the community’.
He said: “The design for Mackays’ building refers to the modern movement and although contemporary in design the building lines are crisp and unambiguous with respect for its neighbours and the street scene.
“It is anticipated there will be social and economic benefits for the town with the increased retail area providing a larger range and greater number of products for Cleveleys residents and visitors.
“The proposals are considered to be in keeping with the Cleveleys street scene and also it will provide the town with additional high quality retailing space.”
The application will be considered at a Wyre Council planning meeting next month.