A new pub has officially opened its doors – and residents say it will help boost the fortunes of a Fylde coast town.
The Poulton Elk, on Hardhorn Road, Poulton, has now moved in to the former Edge building in a £1.4m redevelopment by JD Wetherspoon, which created 60 jobs.
The pub is one of a number of new prospects to arrive in Poulton, following the opening of Home Bargains at the former Market Hall site on Queensway and the development of a Booths supermarket within the Teanlowe Centre.
The Edge had stood empty for almost two years and its replacement has been welcomed throughout the town.
Carol Woolley, chairman of Poulton Historical and Civic Society, said: “The historic society has provided photographs of the elk to put on the walls and the whole pub has much improved Hardhorn Road because it has been done to such a high standard.
“It’s on the approach to Poulton and, because of the high standard of work done, it’s a good addition to the town.
“It’s no longer one of Poulton’s eyesores and the town is now doing very well.
“We now have a Home Bargains and Booths is going to improve the centre, so we feel Poulton has got a very good future.”
Coun John Hodgkinson, the Mayor of Wyre, officially opened the Poulton Elk.
He said: “The concept of Wetherspoons seems to do very well wherever they go and this is the 900th pub to open.
“It will provide a boost to Poulton and get more people into the town.
“Poulton has started to take off with Wetherspoons coming in and once Booths is here Poulton will be back on the map.”
The pub will be open from 8am until midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and 8am until 1am on Friday and Saturday.
Food will be served throughout every day until 11pm.