A £2m investment in a North East holiday park is set to create at least 30 jobs, with the development of a historic coastal building.
Park Leisure, owner of Amble Links Coastal Retreat and Holiday Park, is developing a new bar and restaurant on the north Northumberland coast in one of the most substantial investments seen in Amble in recent years.
The Old Storehouse in the village is being renovated to deliver a twist on the traditional pub and eatery.
The building has been sympathetically refurbished, maintaining the character and original features, some of which are more than 200 years old.
Jeremy Reuben, Park Leisure general manager for Amble, said: “Park Leisure is investing in 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.
“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.
He added: “This is good news in an area crying out for new employment.’’
The Newcastle-based division of construction firm Intersperse carried out the majority of the work and used local subcontractors wherever possible.
A large proportion of the investment is being spent on creating a state of the art kitchen, where chefs will prepare their menu of fresh food.
Reuben added: “We are investing in the Old Storehouse because we spotted a gap in the market for good-quality local food, with high levels of service at affordable prices.”
The 18th Century Storehouse building, the former grain store for Amble House which was demolished in 1970, is located on Links Road and forms part of Park Leisure’s Northumberland portfolio.
In addition to its Amble operation, Park Leisure has seven other accredited holiday parks in locations such as County Durham, the North Yorkshire Dales, Lancashire and Cornwall.