Holiday park bosses are looking to create at least 30 jobs by converting an old grain store into a pub.
Park Leisure, which owns the Amble Links Coastal Retreat and Holiday Park, is spending £2m to create The Old Storehouse in an 18th century building on the north Northumberland coast.
General manager Jeremy Reuben described the conversion as “one of most significant developments that Amble has seen for many years.”
“As a major employer locally, we recognise that times have been hard in recent years, but our company philosophy is one of continuous investment, to benefit both our sites, and the local areas where we operate,” he said.
“We already employ more than 25 staff across Amble Links and the Granary Leisure. However, the opening of the Old Storehouse will create at least another 30 full-time jobs.
“This is good news in an area crying out for new employment.’’
Originally the former grain store for Amble House – which was demolished in 1970 – The Old Storehouse, on Links Road, aims to bring customers into the town by offering “good quality local food, at affordable prices.”
The building has been sympathetically refurbished, maintaining many original features, some of which are more than 200 years old – though a large proportion of the investment has being spent on the kitchen, where chefs will prepare their menu of fresh food.