Store revamp gets shoppers’ support

Ken and Renee Hughes with plans for a proposed new Booths supermarket on display in the Poulton store
Ken and Renee Hughes with plans for a proposed new Booths supermarket on display in the Poulton store

AMBITIOUS plans to develop Poulton town centre have been welcomed by shoppers.

Artist impressions of the plans for an improved Booths supermarket have been unveiled to the public - and will remain on display until Monday.

The new store will be rebuilt on the site of the existing Booths car park on Ball Street.

And residents Ken and Renee Hughes, of Breck Close, said the plans looked fantastic.

Ken, 70, said: “It looks like it will be as good as the one in Garstang which is lovely.

“It will fit right into the area and more parking spaces is just what we need – they have done an excellent job.

Renee, 69, added: “I don’t like supermarkets but this Booths will fit the bill, it’s a bigger store which we need but not too big.

“I hope this development is the start of something great for the area and it brings in more fancy stores.”

The store will have a sales area of more than 20,000 sq ft and an additional 200 car parking spaces which will be sited in a car park beneath the store.

Additional office and warehouse space will be included on the second floor of the new development.

Thomas Chimes, 86, of Blackpool Old Road, said it was the first time he had seen the plans.

He said: “I had heard the rumours.

“We want a bigger store here, I really like Booths it offers high quality food and a friendly place to shop.

“But it a bit small, there is not much room to manoeuvre and a improved space will be ideal.”

Carol Wooley, chair of the Poulton Civic Trust said the group was ‘really excited’ about the new Booths.

She said; “It is part of the regeneration which we are very pleased with.”

Graham Booth, Booths property director, said the store had been trading successfully in the town for more than 35 years but the present site had become inadequate.

The public will be invited to make comments which will be taken into consideration in planning application which will follow.