Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is planning to open in Corby town centre in a move that would create 40 jobs and mean another boost for the thriving shopping complex.
As the £10m eight-screen Vue cinema scheme moves ahead, JD Wetherspoon has revealed plans to invest £1m to convert the former Westgate Department store in Elizabeth Street.
Company spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Wetherspoon has exchanged contracts to purchase the site and is pleased that planning has now been submitted.
“We await the outcome of the planning application.
“Wetherspoon still needs to obtain planning and licensing permission before completion can take place.
“We are extremely keen to open our second pub in the town and believe it will be an asset to Corby.
“Our aim is to spend in excess of £1m developing the site and creating a pub that we believe will be a great asset to the town and hopefully act as a catalyst to attract further investment from other businesses.
“We would be looking to create approximately 40 jobs.”
The news comes as town centre director Dan Pickard revealed owner Helical Bar is expecting planning permission for the Vue cinema to be granted in the middle of March.
At a meeting of town centre residents on Monday he said there are now just three empty premises out of 170 units in the shopping centre, with other business signing up to come to Corby.
Among them are Heron Frozen Foods, Sunrise Bags and a new piercing and tattoo parlour.
Work for a new steak restaurant in George Street is continuing, The Mortgages Shop is opening soon in New Post Office Square and Pandora jewellery store has recently started to trade.
Mr Pickard said: “Two companies have also shown strong interest in the former Blockbusters store in the town centre.
“We have had no objections to the cinema scheme and the next major work will be the demolition of the multi-storey car park which should begin in September.”