A new Costcutter will soon be opening at the site of a former Booths supermarket in Woodplumpton Road.Advertisement
Residents in the Lane Ends area have been without a mini-supermarket since the institution that was Booths, closed down more than two years ago.
And the move, which has been in the pipeline for months, will hopefully see more shoppers returning to the area.
Pamela Houghton, manager of Delicachix, which sits right opposite the site, said: “After looking at a derelict building for so long, it will be good to have something open again.
“At one time, Lane Ends had everything, people didn’t need to go elsewhere to do their shopping, so hopefully, this will be beneficial for the area.”
The small car park at the back of the store will be reopened, making it easier for people to travel to and from Lane Ends without worrying about parking.
And this move will be positive for other businesses close-by too, putting Lane Ends firmly on the map as a destination for shoppers.
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Pamela continued: “Shopping in the area has gone a bit downhill since all the banks closed, and the elderly people around here have missed having Booths; it’s been a struggle for some of them to get to the shops.
“It’s taken such a long time for them to do something with that building. Passing trade will only complement the shops already round here, so let’s hope it’s a success.”
A group of businessmen from Rochdale acquired the building over a year ago, and originally planned to turn the store into a restaurant.
However, those plans fell through, and they had decided to go ahead with opening a Costcutter instead.
Staff from Oasis Tanning Centre said: “We think it’ll be great. We miss having the Booths; if we want to nip out for some milk or something, it’ll be really handy.
“A lot of the elderly people round Lane Ends miss the Booths too, so hopefully it’ll do really well.”
Commercial interior and shop fitting company, Activ Projects Limited, who are based in Telford, Shropshire, started working in the store on Monday 9th April, and an opening date was expected for sometime in May.
On Tuesday 22nd May a spokesperson for Activ Projects Limited said work had finally re-commenced, new fridges had been fitted, and they are aiming to have it completed within the next three weeks.
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The spokesperson said: “The residents around here have been saying to us that the sooner it’s opened, the better.
“Everybody seems happy it’s going to be a Costcutter.”
The store hopes to have a Costa Coffee service on site, and facilities for the Lottery, and aims to provide somewhere for people to enjoy the convenience, to pop in on their lunch break or to come and do their weekly shop.
Blog Preston tried contacting the business owners for statements surrounding the opening date but they weren’t available for comment.
At present, the nearest mini-supermarket to the former Booths site is the Tesco Express on Blackpool Road.
Over the last two years a number of new stores have opened in the area, including Health Kicks Kitchen, Volare, JB Barbershop and Catsdog.
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And with the closure of the The Wool Shop and Robby’s, Lane Ends is screaming out to become a potential hotbed for more independent and niche businesses to enter the foray, creating a much needed revival for the area.
Booths at Lane Ends closed on 4th January 2016, in a collective set of store closures by the well-loved brand which saw other stores across Lancashire also cease trading.
It came at a time when the family owned company, often referred to as the Waitrose of the North, had to call in the experts to advise them on the future of the business.
The building has remained unoccupied ever since, creating a sad sight for locals and former customers of the store, who very much enjoyed shopping there.
Did you use the old Booths? How do you think the opening of a Costcutter will affect residents and what will it do for the Lane Ends area itself? Is the move a good or bad thing? Let us know your thoughts.