A new addition to Poulton’s nightlife will provide a major boost to the town, it was claimed today.
The Poulton Elk Wetherspoons will replace the former Edge bar on Hardhorn Road when it opens on December 17 after £1.37m was spent re-developing the site.
Pub bosses expect to create 60 jobs at the pub which takes its name after an almost complete skeleton of a Stone Age elk, found during building work on a new house on Blackpool Old Road, Carleton, in July 1970.
Lesley Middleton (pictured), chairman of Poulton and Carleton Residents’ Association, says the opening of the bar shows Poulton is bucking the economic trend.
Home Bargains has already opened its new store inside the Market Hall building and work is underway on the town’s new Booths supermarket.
She said: “Everyone is hoping the pub will increase footfall and help the nightlife.
“There might be an impact on existing pubs but, on the whole, everyone is looking forward to it opening and seeing the building re-open.
“It shows Poulton is on the up and bucking the trend.”
Mrs Middleton says the empty buildings are not good for the town and something had to be done to fill the space at the old Edge bar which had stood empty for almost two years.
“If the town is trying to be affluent and increase its footfall, too many empty buildings don’t look good,” she added.
Manager Julie Wilson has joined the pub from the Trawl Boat Inn Wetherspoons in St Annes. She said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to Poulton’s community.”
Readers of The Gazette chose the name of the UK’s 900th Wetherspoons pub.
The Poulton Elk, which has a beer garden, will be open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday. Food will be served until 11pm.
The pub will specialise in real ales, serving a wide range of beers from local and regional brewers.