Pizza chain head for vacant unit in Chorley

The new-look Market Street, Chorley, where resurfacing work has been done
The new-look Market Street, Chorley, where resurfacing work has been done
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A NATIONAL food chain looks set to take over a long-standing empty retail unit.

A planning application has been submitted for a Pizza Hut Delivery store to move into one of the vacant units in the former McDonald’s restaurant site on Market Street, Chorley.

The site, which turned into an eyesore for more than a decade, was transformed into three retail units and a kiosk after a £350,000 cash boost from Chorley Council in 2013.

Bubble ‘n’ Shake milkshake shop now occupies the kiosk while Flame Nails and Beauty is located in one of the units.

Angry residents have long demanded answers as to why the units have been vacant for so long.

Chorley Council has previously said that roadworks in Market Street impacted the sales of the units, but once completed they expected a boost in interest.

Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley Traders’ Alliance has welcomed the plans.

“It’s excellent news, I’m pleased to see another one of the empty units filled,” he said.

“It’s taken time but it has always been said that once the work was completed, more interest would be generated.

“It will help improve the night time economy and that is something that needs to happen in Chorley. With Pizza Hut coming to town, it shows the big firms are interested in coming, they obviously see a future in Chorley.”

A Pizza Hut Delivery spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have applied to open a new Pizza Hut delivery outlet at 102 Market Street in Chorley.

“As the planning process is ongoing we’re unable to comment further at this stage.”