DOZENS of new jobs could be on the way if plans to turn a former pub into two stores are backed.
Developers Euro Property Management want to transform the former Powlett pub, in Hartlepool, into Greggs and Spar convenience stores.
Both firms are backing the proposals and it is understood that there would be 16 jobs created at Spar, and up to eight at Greggs.
The pub, which is on the roundabout at Easington Road and Powlett Road, has stood empty for two years.
Euro Property Management, which is pumping £250,000 into the scheme, took over the site in March after buying it from Trust Inns.
They hope to submit detailed plans to Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department by the end of August or early September.
If approved, the two stores could be open by March next year.
Jon Whitfield, a director at Hartlepool-based Euro Property Management, said: “This development would bring a further jobs boost to Hartlepool.
“This would be another positive step, on the back of the new housing development in Easington Road and improvements to Dyke House School, in an area of town which has suffered from a lack of investment over the years.”
He added that the pub is currently a “shell”.
If approved, the new development would include 20 car parking spaces.
The developers are also behind a new supermarket store being built at Seaton Carew.
The £700,000 Sainsbury’s convenience store is currently being built on the site of the former Station Hotel pub, in Station Lane.