30 new jobs as Burger King opens in Wisbech

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Thirty new jobs could be created when a fast food giant moves into Wisbech town centre.

Burger King will be taking over the former Burtons and Dorothy Perkins unit at the Horsefair Shopping Centre.

Work on transforming the shop into a restaurant will start shortly.

Centre manager Kevin Smith, who is also a president of Wisbech and District Chamber of Commerce, is delighted with the new addition to the town.

He said: “We’re very excited to welcome Burger King to the Horsefair.

“It’s great to see that Wisbech town centre continues to attract national chains and it’ll be a fantastic addition to the town’s current wide range of retail and catering outlets.

“Costa Coffee opened in May and has been busy every single day since, and I’m sure Burger King will be just as popular.”

The shop has been used by Wisbech Art Space since Dorothy Perkins and Burtons pulled out of the town in March last year.

Wisbech Art Space will now move to another unit in the centre.

Building work to transform the unit will be starting later this week and is due to take four to six weeks.

Hopes are also high for another empty Wisbech property.

Plans have been submitted to transform the former Bodgers store in Lynn Road into a takeaway.

The bid could create 35 new jobs if planners at Fenland District Council give the go-ahead.

The application has been lodged by R Bodger.

The application states: “The proposed change of use will make positive use of a vacant unit and support the vitality and viability of Wisbech by providing new job opportunities for the local residents.

Rumours in the town suggest Domino’s could be taking over the store.

A statement issued by the company said: “At present, we are unable to comment on any future store opening plans in Cambridgeshire.”