A national restaurant is looking to open a new outlet in Chorley as interest continues to grow in the Market Walk shopping centre extension.

Popular food and drink business Loungers confirmed it is in discussions with Chorley Council about opening a restaurant in the multi million pound development, which will create dozens of new jobs.

The news comes just a week after bosses at Reel Cinemas reiterated their excitement at being part of the new development that will broaden the appeal of the town centre.

Cllr Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are progressing negotiations with a number of businesses and I’m delighted that Loungers is the first food and drink outlet to confirm their interest.

“By bringing the cinema and restaurants to go along side it, it will broaden the appeal of the town centre giving our night time economy a boost.

“We’ll hopefully have some more news on tenants in the coming weeks and we’ll keep people posted as we make progress.”

Loungers is a popular restaurant with outlets right across the country and has been in discussions with the council for some time.

It is best known for serving quality food and drink and its range of eccentric interiors.

Raj Manek, Property Manager of Loungers, said: “We’re always keen to look at exciting new opportunities and we are interested in Chorley because it is well located and there is a lot of potential for growth in the area.

“Negotiations are ongoing and we hope to have a firm commitment shortly.”

Work is due to start on the shopping centre extension, which is located off Union Street, later in the year.

If you would like more information on the restaurant Loungers please visit www.thelounges.co.uk.