Over 300 new jobs, 100 apprenticeships. And 8 years of my life…

Sainsbury’s at Talbot Road, Blackpool opened its doors for the first time today. This has been part of my life for over 8 years and I am both happy and sorry to see the end of it.

Over 300 people, many of them long-term unemployed locals, now have jobs in this town that desperately needs them. Around 800 council workers have been brought back into the town centre, to bring life and their lunchtime spending. A local couple have opened a coffee shop in the ground floor of the office and Subway are there too.

During the construction, we created over 100 apprentice and work placement positions and worked closely with the local college to get the maximum benefit for young people. With the refurbished multi-storey car park, we have transformed this part of town and the benefits are already being felt.

Phase 2 next year, with a bit of luck. This is what our kind of property development and regeneration are all about. Sincere thanks to everyone in my various teams who has made this possible and made this such a brilliant project to work on.

A good day.