Marston’s Inns and Taverns has commenced construction of an 8,000 sq ft pub restaurant at St. Modwen’s £8 million Phoenix Retail Park in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, following purchase of the 0.8 acre plot from St Modwen.
Between 50 and 60 jobs will be created by the 180-cover pub restaurant which is due to open in September and will be in keeping with other buildings in the Potteries.
The facility will strengthen the offering at Phoenix Retail Park, which is being developed on the former Phoenix Timber Yard site off the A50 and is due to open for trading next month. McDonalds, Currys PC World, Pets@Home and Smyths Toys have all committed to retail units meaning that just one 7,500 sq ft vacant retail unit remains. St. Modwen is confident of securing the final occupier shortly.
Euan Lindsay, senior development manager for St. Modwen, said: “Along with the high profile retailers, Marston’s commitment to Phoenix Retail Park demonstrates it is set to become a destination retail park for the area. It will be a quality development that answers a market demand and has an excellent edge of centre position coupled with frontage to the A50.
“Phoenix Retail Park is not only great news for Longton but also the wider Stoke-on-Trent area with the creation of up to 160 jobs. The major retailers on the park will certainly enhance Longton as a retail centre.”
Tina Moorhouse, Marston’s acquisitions manager, said: “We’re extremely excited about the new pub restaurant and hope it will build a great reputation locally. When it opens, it will be offering top quality, value for money pub food and a great selection of drinks, including cask ales from our five regional breweries across the UK.”