An ice cream parlour chain has signed up to occupy two floors of St Helens’ former Tyrers department store.
The dessert restaurant is heading for the ground floor and basement levels of the town centre building, which is undergoing a mixed-use transformation.
Icestone Gelato has agreed the 4,200 sq ft space, where it will offer 150 seats for sweet-toothed diners as it adds to its portfolio of restaurants across 16 UK locations.
Here in the North West the chain, which serves up gelato, Belgian waffles, crepes, sundaes and hot cookie dough, already has outlets in Liverpool’s Queen Square, Manchester’s Oxford Road and Oldham.
Icestone Gelato’s St Helens branch forms part of Luxor Group’s £1 million Tyrers redevelopment, which has been named Nicholson Lofts and also incorporates new one and two-bedroom upper floor apartments.
Paul Morris, operations director of Icestone Gelato, says: “We are extremely excited to be opening our latest branch in St Helens, a vibrant town with lots of regeneration plans ahead.
“The space available at Nicholson Lofts was perfect for us and we can’t wait to fit out the store and get our name above the door.”
Paul Nicholson, managing director of Luxor Group, adds: “Icestone Gelato is the fastest growing dessert chain in the North, so its arrival in St Helens is a real scoop. It strengthens the town centre’s offer considerably while also creating a number of new jobs for the town.”
Icestone Gelato is due to open to the public in St Helens in May 2018.