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Shop front Improvement Scheme helps bring new Italian Restaurant to Huyton Village Centre

by Jonathan Kearney

The transformation of Huyton Village Centre has taken another step forward with a further grant allocation being awarded for the Shop Front Improvement Scheme.

The latest approval relates to 77-79 Derby Road in the village centre, with part of the unit being vacant for eight years and in a poor condition.

The work to 77-79 Derby Rd will complement previous improvements to shop fronts in the village centre and will assist a new business ‘La Vita’, an Italian Restaurant, in opening in Huyton.

La Vita will be the largest food and drink operator in Huyton Village Centre, with capacity for 100-120 people over two floors. The new business venture will create around 30 jobs as well as attracting more people into the village centre once the COVID restrictions have lifted.

Over the last two years, 14 shop fronts have been given a modern makeover including new windows, doors, signage and lighting. This has helped to attract more businesses into the village centre and has helped to establish a blossoming night-time economy with Eton Place, The Coffee House, El Pueblo and Common having all opened their doors in this time. Furthermore, Freddy’s (an ice-cream and dessert outlet) and the newly refocussed Dani’s Restaurant (an American diner and former Yes Coffee) have also committed to Huyton Village Centre, expanding the range of eateries.

This new grant enables a further two shop fronts to be improved, and together with previous phases has helped secure approximately £0.788m of investment into Huyton Village Centre, brought six empty units back into use, as well as creating 90 new jobs for local people.

The work on this latest phase of shop front improvements is due to start shortly and take around 12 weeks to complete.

Ray Guy from La Vita said: “Myself and my business partner Ahmet Karatay are delighted to be part of the exciting development plans for Huyton Village Centre. With its great location, a train and bus station on the doorstep, as well as ample parking, it was the prime location for us to set up our new business. It’s clear to see that there is an expanding night-time economy and we’re delighted to be part of that offer and look forward to welcoming people into our Italian restaurant soon.”

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “It’s great to see our development plans for Huyton Village Centre are continuing despite the pandemic. The village centre has been radically enhanced with our shop front improvement scheme, which has helped to attract more businesses, provide an improved offer for local residents and welcome new visitors. La Vita will be a great addition to our emerging food and drink offer and I look forward to seeing this latest phase progress and see the transformation or more shop fronts here in Huyton which make the village centre an even more welcoming and vibrant place”.

“I would also like to thank the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram for the funding support that has been provided for this latest phase, which builds on the £1.7m funding that Knowsley Council allocated to this programme.”

This latest phase of work is funded through a grant of approximately £0.175m from the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Town Centre Fund.