Plans revealed to transform former pub

Computer generated image of how a new Tesco on Chorley Road, Adlington, would look. A planning application has been put in to transform what is currently known as The Ridgeway Arms
Computer generated image of how a new Tesco on Chorley Road, Adlington, would look. A planning application has been put in to transform what is currently known as The Ridgeway Arms
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Plans have finally been unveiled which show how supermarket giant Tesco will transform a derelict pub in Adlington.

Speculation has been rife since the former Ridgway Arms was put up for sale that it could be turned into a convenience store.

Now, supermarket giant bosses have unveiled plans which they say will bring more shoppers back into the village and create 20 jobs.

Matthew Magee, Tesco corporate affairs manager, said: “We are being really clear. This is a disused pub which has not been used for three years and we are treating it very sensitively and I think it will look great.

“We know people are going to other supermarkets out of town.

“We can bring people back and onto the high street, which will in turn benefit other traders.

“We think this is a positive scheme which will bring people back into Adlington to shop.”

Plans will be submitted in the coming weeks to create an ATM outside the store and change signage and ventilation after an extension was completed last year. Because of its former use as a pub, permission does not have to be sought to change it into a convenience store.

Mr Magee said: “This will create 20 full and part-time jobs recruited locally, which is great in the current climate.” What do you think? E-mail charlotte.wareing@lep.co.uk or call 01257 264911.