A WELL known Lord Street business in Fleetwood is on the move – to Dock Street.
And the move will create a number of new jobs for Fleetwood.
Richardson’s Fish Bar restaurant, on the corner of Poulton Street, is re-locating to the former Joseph Armour garage premises.
The move will see the fish and chip restaurant, which includes a busy takeaway outlet, virtually triple in size from 24 seats to 70 seats.
But there is more to the switch than expanding the eatery.
Also moving to the move site will be Richardson’s fish merchants unit, currently based on the docks.
No price has been put on the work at this stage, but boss Chris Richardson says it will create another five jobs in the restaurant, bringing the firm’s entire work force in all areas up to 15.
The plans, now lodged with Wyre Council, will also see three other enterprises moving there and renting the space from Richardson’s, subject to planning permission.
Tony Blundell’s Motor Vehicle Repairs on London Street is opening a new unit, Port Catering Equipment Services is moving from the Harbour Trading Estate and the Martial Arts Centre run by Alan Bainbridge is also moving there.
Mr Richardson told the Weekly News: “It makes sense for several reasons.
“It expands the restaurant and bring our different businesses under the one roof.
“But it also seems to me that this part of town, on Dock Street, is becoming the new hub for local business.
“You have the old Fleetwood Arms pub next door being turned into a dentists, and the new Fleetwood clinic soon to be opening just across the road.”
The business was founded by William Richardson 38 years ago, and he still runs the fish merchants and processing side.
There is also another fish and chip shop on Poulton Road which will remain on that site.
Mr Richardson added; “There has been a lot of talk about the fish park but we have no idea when that will happen – or even if will happen at all.
“We decided to take the plunge now rather than wait.”
Tony Blundell, who will also maintain the current London Street side, is taking on two new mechanics for the move.
And in addition, he has signed up to the new work trials scheme being run in conjunction with the Job Centre.
Mr Blundell said: “We are also going to take on a young local person between the age of 18 and 21 for work trial period of a few weeks, and this could lead to either a job or at least a reference.
“With all the bad news about job losses, I see this as a very positive thing for Fleetwood.”
David Williamson, of Port Catering Equipment Services, said: “Obviously things are dependent on planning permission, but it is an exciting move which will hopefully improve our profile.”
The firm, which currently employs eight staff, designs commercial kitchens, supplies commercial catering equipment and installs the hardware as well.
Mr Williams said: “We have been involved with projects at the Ascot Race course, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and other large jobs.
“We are a small company who could be called Fleetwood’s best kept secret, and we hope this move will get us known locally.
“It’s a good idea all round.”