Businesses set to occupy former McDonald’s site

Councillor Peter Wilson outside the newly built kiosk unit on Market Street.
Councillor Peter Wilson outside the newly built kiosk unit on Market Street.

Chorley town centre will soon receive a boost when four new businesses move in within the next few weeks.

Following Chorley Council’s £350,000 revamp of the former McDonald’s site on Market Street which began in November, the hoarding is now ready to be removed revealing three modern retail units and a kiosk.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The former McDonald’s site has been a real eyesore in the town centre for many years and now that it has been redeveloped by the council, it brightens up the street and provides the opportunity for new businesses to set up with support from us.

“We are currently still in talks about which businesses will be going into the units but the council is really keen to get businesses into the town centre that will increase Chorley’s offer.

“We’re very close to being able to announce who is moving in and we will do that as soon as we can.”

Chorley Council will be supporting the new businesses with incentive packages along with help from experienced business advisors who will offer advice on business planning and what grants are available to them.

“Not only have we been able to redevelop an eyesore in the town centre the units will give the council an income that we can put towards services for residents, similar to what we have done with Market Walk,” said councillor Wilson.

“The council is currently working on a number of initiatives to redevelopment Market Street with the re-opening of the street to traffic, the shop front improvements above eye level and highway improvements that are taking place, all of which will improve the look and vibrancy of the street and residents and traders have already noticed that there’s a new buzz about the town centre.

“The former McDonald’s site is ideally placed to benefit from all the improvements in that area of town and we hope people will enjoy shopping there in the coming months.”