PLANS for a Wetherspoon’s pub in Corby town centre will create 45 much-needed full-time jobs for the town.
And it is hoped the scheme to open the pub and restaurant in Grosvenor House in George Street will help create a vibrant leisure scene in the town centre.
A planning application by developer Mulberry was submitted to Corby Council this week.
The application proposes turning the ground floor and basement of the former council offices into a pub and restaurant with an outside seating area.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon explained the company’s plans for the town.
He said: “Our existing pub in Corby, The Samuel Lloyd, at Rockingham Park in Gretton Brook Road, is extremely popular and we are very keen to open a second pub in the town.
“The landlord of the proposed site has put in to the council for planning permission.
“We will now be awaiting the outcome of this decision.”
With work to clear the former Tresham College site in George Street completed, an announcement is expected soon on a start date for the town’s new six-screen cinema and restaurants.
Corby Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “In the current climate, creating jobs for the people of Corby is a priority so the planning application for a Wetherspoon’s pub is welcome news to the borough.
“Not only will it generate more jobs for Corby but it will also bring more vitality to the town centre.”
Grosvenor House, which started life as the Strathclyde Hotel, became vacant when Corby Council moved its service to The Cube in November 2010.
Brats Day Nursery in Corby moved into the building after asbestos was discovered at the St Mark’s Business Centre, Corby, just before Christmas.
LiveWise Housing, which is an organisation which provides accommodation for the homeless, has also moved into some office space in Grosvenor House.