A popular Italian restaurant chain is coming to Fylde.
Prezzo, which has more than 200 premises around the UK, is set to open in the former Sandhills pub before Christmas.
Building work is ongoing at the venue and the imminent arrival of a chain which has grown rapidly since opening its first eaterie in London in 2000 has been warmly welcomed by traders’ representatives.
John Moxham, chairman of St Annes Chamber of Trade, said any new business would help to improve the town.
He added: “We have a number of Italian restaurants – what harm will one more do in town? It is much better than being an empty retail unit.
“It is in prime spot in the Square and I just hope it stays open all day. What we do not need in town is just another pub. Hopefully it will bring jobs too.”
Prezzo’s current closest premises to Fylde are at the Capitol Centre, just south of Preston, where 20 jobs were created when it opened last December.
An opening date for the new St Annes premises has been set at Tuesday, December 16 and a spokesman for Prezzo said: “Located 200m from the railway station and seafront, Prezzo Lytham St Annes has a great location for travel and views.
“Historic places of interest like Lytham Windmill, Lytham Hall and Lytham Heritage Centre make for a fantastic visit.”.
The Sandhills shut its doors at a day’s notice last December after the Smith and Jones-branded pub’s parent company, the Bramwell Group, went into administration.