A family pub and restaurant is set to open in Accrington next week.
‘The Brickworks’ has been built on the site of the former Arnold Clarke garage on Hyndburn Road and has created 50 full and part-time local jobs.
Pub bosses will hold a launch day on Monday, July 20 at 11am featuring appearances from the Carnival Queen and Princess and possibly Accrington X Factor star Reece Bibby.
Hannah Collins, assistant manager, said they are ‘really excited’ to open the venue and ‘can’t wait to begin’.
She said: “We are pretty much good to go and are just doing staff training. We have had quite a few local people come in already as they thought we were open.
"On Monday we have got the Carnival Queen and Princess and possibly Reece Bibby but that will be short notice as he is gigging and with his band. It will be a really nice family day.
“It is fantastic for Accrington and the pride is there already and everyone is so eager to get started.
“People just can’t stop talking about it with their friends and family and our Facebook page already has over 2,500 likes.
"There has been a really good response. We are so excited for people to come down and hopefully we will have a good mix with a few regulars.”
The Brickworks, run by Marston’s Inns and Taverns, will include a ‘Pizza Kitchen’, children’s play area, special food nights and popular ales.
Hannah, from Accrington, said it has helped create 50 local jobs and shows a ‘great investment’ in Accrington after a series of high-profile business closures earlier this year.
She said: “We have got quite a big team with 50 people including managers, front of house staff, cooks and cleaners.
"We also have six people under 18 and quite a few people in the kitchen have either finished at or are finishing Accrington and Rossendale College as we had one of our recruitment days there.
"Everybody who works here bar one or two managers is local and the furthest of them is from Rishton.
“We would like to bring back that community spirit.
"We’ve all seen what has happened at the start of the year and people thinking it is turning into a bit of a ghost town and aren’t wanting to invest.
"Marstons have spent about £2 million which is a great investment into the town and the team here.
"There is the potential to create more jobs if it really takes off.”