A WELL known Fleetwood businessman is planning to take over one of the many empty shops currently lining the high street.
Among the blank frontages on Lord Street is the former Fleetwood Produce store.
But Sunny Deol, who is known locally for his newsagent’s business on Poulton Street, is expanding to turn the empty premises into a Bargain Booze store.
The business already has outlets at Larkholme and in Poulton, although a previous branch on Lord Street shut down two years ago.
Mr Deol hopes the new shop will be open by March and aims to employ between eight and 10 part-time staff at the new shop.
The businessman, who has been based in Fleetwood since the 1980s, said: “We’re looking to concentrate on the convenience sector, as Tesco and many of the big multiples seem to be doing themselves.
“The convenience sector is the only one which is growing in comparison to the rest of the economy in Britain.
“That’s why I am taking this big gamble and opening this other store in the centre of town.”
He added: “I think it will work if the community is behind it.”
Mr Deol said the shop would sell mainly alcohol with some news items and a limited amount of confectionery and groceries.
Mr Deol has submitted a premises licence application to Wyre Borough Council which would give him opening hours of 6am to 11pm.
The new venture was welcomed by passing shoppers on Lord Street.
Brenda Harris, of Poulton Road, said: “ Well we could do with some more shops, whatever they are.
“I’m not much of a drinker but it’s got to be better than the place standing there empty like it has been.”
Albert Breeze, of Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood, added: “ There are just too many empty shops in the town centre, I supposed it’s the downturn.
“If somebody’s going to invest in Fleetwood town centre then that’s good as far as I concerned.”