Over 5,000 sq ft of retail space has been released as part of Blackpool Council’s £350m Talbot Gateway development.

The units sit at the ground level of the 144-bedroom Holiday Inn hotel and surround the new tram terminal. The development includes a new underpass connecting passengers from Blackpool North train station with the new tramway extension which links to the town centre and Blackpool Promenade.

The Station View retail units are set to be available from Easter 2024, with units ranging from 400 sq ft to 1,800 sq ft in size, with mains water and electric, alongside telecoms and data access. The units have planning permission for Class E retail use with the high volume of passing traffic offering options for food to go and convenience retailers.

In addition to the five retail units underneath the Holiday Inn, two additional units are also available underneath the nearby main Blackpool Council offices which sit within the Talbot Gateway development.

Over two million visitors passed through Blackpool North train station in 2022, with the number expected to increase as a result of future phases of the Talbot Gateway development.

Construction on a £100m Civil Service Hub which will provide a regional home for the UK Government is under way, with an estimated 3,000 professional workers relocating to Blackpool town centre when it opens in early 2025. Land acquisition for the £65m Multiversity campus is also taking place which will provide a new home for Blackpool and the Fylde College, bringing over 2,000 students and staff to the area.

Cllr Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Levelling Up (Place) at Blackpool Council, said: “The scale of regeneration in Blackpool right now is incredible and we’re proudly boasting about our £2 billion growth and prosperity programme.

“At the Talbot Gateway, progress is being made on three major phases to regenerate the area around the train station which will bring thousands of professional workers and students into the area every day, while the tramway extension and underpass make it much more accessible to reach Blackpool Promenade and all our major attractions by rail.”