Talbot Gateway Update
A mix of local and international food businesses are set to become the first tenants to set up shop in Blackpool’s new Talbot Gateway Central Business District.
Mr Basrai’s World Buffet & Bar has signed up to move into one of the ground floor units being created in the former bus station below the multi-storey car park on Talbot Road.
Lunchtime take-away Snack, a family-run business owned by Blackpool-born husband and wife, Richard and Barbara Beckett, will open in the adjacent new office block, to be known as Number One Bickerstaffe Square. There will also be a new gym complex within the office complex.
The £220m Talbot Gateway scheme, being developed in conjunction with Blackpool Council’s development partner, Muse Developments, will result in new retail, commercial and community space in addition to town centre parking and transport facilities.
The overall scheme includes a new public square, Blackpool Council offices, restaurants, retail units and a new Sainsbury’s supermarket that will create 400 new jobs. Recruitment for Sainsbury’s is expected to start before the year-end.
The scheme is expected to be completed in full by summer 2014 and further tenants are expected to be confirmed soon by joint letting agents Montagu Evans LLP and Duxbury’s Commercial.
After some delays, the Talbot Road Bus Station multi-storey car park is expected to reopen over the next few weeks.