New Iceland store to open inside The Range in Blackpool South Shore

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A new branch of Iceland is opening inside The Range in South Shore.

 

A new branch of Iceland is opening inside The Range store in Parkinson Way, off Waterloo Road, South Shore

A new branch of Iceland is opening inside The Range store in Parkinson Way, off Waterloo Road, South Shore

The supermarket will open its new branch at the store off Waterloo Road on Friday, September 3.

The new Iceland will be situated less than half-a-mile from the Iceland store in Waterloo Road, but the retailer has not said whether its new shop within The Range will affect the future of the older store.

The Iceland department is being added to the store as part of a much larger refit which will see an extension added to The Range to increase its floor space to 40,000 sq ft.

An example of what it might look like - The Iceland Foods outlet inside The Range's flagship £25m superstore in Plymouth. Pic: The Range/IcelandAn example of what it might look like – The Iceland Foods outlet inside The Range’s flagship £25m superstore in Plymouth. Pic: The Range/Iceland

The Range, which opened in 2016, said the extension works at its Blackpool store have been ongoing for some months with shopfit teams working round the clock to get everything ready for the September launch.

The partnership between the two retailers began in 2018 and there are now over 90 branches of The Range with an Iceland in-store.

A spokesman for The Range said: “We are excited to announce that The Range will be opening a branch of Iceland within its Blackpool store on Friday, September 3.

“From your essential fresh fruit and veg to Gregg’s and Slimming World specials, your new Iceland in The Range Blackpool will be packed full of everything you need for your weekly food shop.

There is even a Greggs section inside the Iceland department at The Range. Pic: The Range/IcelandThere is even a Greggs section inside the Iceland department at The Range. Pic: The Range/Iceland

“From meat and dairy produce, snacks, sweets and ready meals galore, as well as store cupboard staples and frozen food, there’s plenty to choose from.”

Along with the Iceland launch, changes inside the The Range will include refreshing the signage, moving some departments around to make it simpler for customers to find what they are looking for, and introducing new products in various departments.

The spokesman added: “The addition of Iceland in Blackpool will provide even more affordable shopping lines amongst the already wide variety of products for your home and garden at The Range.”

The Gazette has approached Iceland for comment on the future of its standalone store in Waterloo Road.

 

Disney will close its Blackpool store this weekend

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The Disney store in Blackpool will close down at the weekend spelling the end of a long presence in the resort.

 

The shop, in the Houndshill Shopping Centre, has already started a closing down sale with lots of stock already disappeared from the shelves.

It comes as the retailer has announced all of its UK stores are to close apart from the flagship branch in London.

Earlier this year, the global giant revealed plans to focus on its ecommerce business and ‘significantly reduce its brick-and-mortar footprint’.

The Disney store in the Houndshill centre is to close downThe Disney store in the Houndshill centre is to close down

Signs outside the shop in the resort have advised punters that it will close its doors for the final time by Sunday.

A message said ‘thank you for being our guest’ and advised customers to purchase online for the future.

The Houndshill shop opened in 2011 following a move from Victoria Street, where it had opened in 1996.

The move to the Houndshill was to transform the shop space into one of its ‘Imagination concept’ stores.

It would see the addition of new technology on the shop floor with Caroline Ellis, a spokeswoman for the Disney Store at the time, promising “a much more magical feel”.

The news of the store closing comes as another blow to the high street in Blackpool.

It follows on from the closure of the Debenhams department store in the shopping centre earlier this year, which remains closed for the time being

It also follows on from other big name departures like KFC, WHSmith, Topshop and Topman from the resort.

 

Nearly 200 homes left without electricity after cannabis farm discovered in Blackpool

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A “fault caused by a cannabis farm” left 195 homes without power yesterday.

 

Residents in Westmorland Avenue were left without electricity after a cannabis farm caused a fault with an underground cable at around 10.20am.

Engineers from Electricity North West were called to the scene to repair the issue but warned it could take until 5pm to restore supplies.

A photo shared by police revealed engineers had to dig up a pavement in order to access the faulty cable.

“This fault should be fixed within the next few hours,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.

“Cannabis farms are dangerous and can cost lives.”

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Affected postcodes included:

 

Nearly 200 homes were left without electricity after a cannabis farm caused a fault with an underground cable. (Credit: Lancashire Police)Nearly 200 homes were left without electricity after a cannabis farm caused a fault with an underground cable. (Credit: Lancashire Police)

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Lancashire Police have been approached for comment.

Coral Island raises £6,500 through face mask sales for Blackpool Victoria Hospital Charity Blue Skies

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Resort arcade Coral Island has raised £6,500 for Blackpool Vic’s in-house charity, by selling face masks to customers visiting without them during the pandemic.

 

During the pandemic, Coral Island in Bonny Street joined businesses around the country in investing in PPE to protect staff and customers.

But while face masks were compulsory, not all customers remembered to bring theirs while visiting, prompting the arcade to seize an opportunity to raise money for Blue Skies.

Staff sold disposable face masks to customers for 50p each, which soon soared to a staggering £6,500 in the charity pot.

Coral Island's head of marketing John Chamley presents a cheque to Blue Skies
community fundraiser Joanna Allitt, after raising a total of £6,500 by selling face masks. Pic: Blue Skies Hospitals FundCoral Island’s head of marketing John Chamley presents a cheque to Blue Skies community fundraiser Joanna Allitt, after raising a total of £6,500 by selling face masks. Pic: Blue Skies Hospitals Fund

Jeff MacNamara, site director at Coral Island, said: “We’ve just raised another £2,500 for Blue Skies and this brings the total money pot to approximately £6,500. We can’t thank our customers enough for helping us generate such an amazing amount for a worthy local cause.

“Blue Skies are great to work with and we look forward to future fundraising ideas together.”

Joanna Allitt, Community Fundraiser at Blue Skies, added: “We’re so grateful to have such a supportive business on our doorstep, and it’s a perfect example of how small donations can really add up to a massive amount.”

 

Man hospitalised with ‘serious injuries’ after car overturns in Blackpool crash

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A man was left seriously injured after a car collided with two parked vehicles, causing it to flip onto its side in Blackpool.

 

Five police cars, two ambulances and two fire engines were called to a crash in Marton Drive shortly after 1.05pm today (Tuesday, August 3).

 4×4 had landed on its side after colliding with two parked vehicles, police said.

Firefighters cut the trapped motorist – a man in his 50s – out of the car before he was rushed to hospital with an “arm injury”.

Five police cars, two ambulances and two fire engines were called to a road traffic collision in Marton Drive. (Photo by Mel Greenhalgh)Five police cars, two ambulances and two fire engines were called to a road traffic collision in Marton Drive. (Photo by Mel Greenhalgh)

His injuries have been described as “serious” by a spokesman from North West Ambulance Service.

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A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service added : “Two fire engines from Blackpool and South Shore attended.

“One casualty was released by firefighters using road traffic equipment.

The crash reportedly caused a white 4x4 to land on its side, leaving a man trapped inside. (Photo by Mel Greenhalgh)The crash reportedly caused a white 4×4 to land on its side, leaving a man trapped inside. (Photo by Mel Greenhalgh)

“Crews remained at the scene for approximately half an hour.”

 

Man found dead and woman seriously injured after ‘disturbance’ at Blackpool flat

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The body of a man in his 30s was found by police at a Mereside flat yesterday following reports of a disturbance there.

 

Police at the scene today, August 3

Police at the scene today, August 3

Officers were called around midnight on Monday, August 2, to the flat on Mickleden Road, Blackpool. The man was found and pronounced dead at the scene.

A 35-year-old woman was also found at the property with serious head injuries, and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment. She remains in a stable condition.

A post-mortem was carried out on the man, though police say further tests are required to establish the cause of his death.

They said: “The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time and a file will be passed to the coroner in due course.”

Man found dead after police rush to home on Blackpool

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A man’s body was found by police responding to a “concern for safety” call in Blackpool.

 

Officers attended Lichfield Road after being called by a concerned resident at around 8.10pm yesterday (Monday, August 2).

The body of a man was found by police upon entering the address.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious,” a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.