AFTER Prezzo was announced for Kettering Market Place this week, the town’s council thinks another big chain will soon follow suit.
Staff at the local authority are pleased that four years of planning in a tough economic climate has come to fruition with the national Italian restaurant announced this week.
With one of the two buildings in the council’s self-styled restaurant quarter now filled, it is hoped the hard work is now done.
Cllr Alison Wiley, portfolio holder for finance at the council, said: “We’re not saying we’ll have Unit 1 filled tomorrow, but the task has just got a lot easier.
“Moving forward from this success story we now have to concentrate on filling Unit 1.”
In June 2008, Kettering Council first unveiled plans for the Market Place and restaurant quarter, which would be a centrepiece of the town’s regeneration.
The Market Place itself was finished the following year, and now hosts popular events like Kettering by the Sea.
While the restaurant quarter buildings were being built, pupils from Brambleside visited the site to help out with an archaeology dig, which resulted in 14th century pottery being unearthed.
The buildings were completed in August 2011, but while they stood empty, they have been used as a Santa’s Grotto last Christmas and for an art exhibition.
Cllr Terry Freer, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “We have stood firm and made sure that we delivered what would most benefit the town.
“We will continue to hold our nerve and to deliver our vision for the town centre.”