WORK is well under way on a scheme to turn a former pub into two new stores.
Developer Euro Property Management is transforming the former Powlett pub, in Hartlepool, into Greggs and Spar convenience stores in a move which could create 24 jobs.
The pub building itself, which has stood empty for two years, will house Spar and a separate extension is being built for the Greggs’ store.
Passers-by will have noticed that work on the extension is progressing well and a roof is due to be added in the next 10 days.
Workers are also re-shaping the interior of the pub, which was built in 1954.
Jon Whitfield, a director of Hartlepool-based Euro Property Management, said: “It’s coming on quite well.
“The shell for the Greggs development is up and we have got the roof going on in the next 10 days.
“We are currently on with the substantial structural work inside the pub and taking the interior walls out.”
The former pub is on the roundabout at Easington Road and Powlett Road.
Mr Whitfield said it was hoped work would be completed by the end of February, with a hand over to Greggs and Spar in March.
It could then take a further four to five weeks to open.
He added: “It’s an excellent building constructed really well in 1954.
“It has taken some time to take all the interior out.
“It is very promising for that part of town with everything that is going on there, such as the recent extensions and refurbishment of Dyke House school, the new housing in Easington Road and the relocation of Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club.
“It can only be beneficial for the people in that part of town.”
The scheme could create 16 jobs at Spar and up to eight at Greggs.