A new Chinese buffet which is set to open in the former Woolworths basement is expected to create 50 new jobs for Wrexham.
As we revealed last month Bolton based company The Chinese Buffet have put in a planning application to make use of the unit, which has remained empty since Woolworths closed back in January 2009.
This is the company’s eighth restaurant in their rapidly expanding chain and they have promised they will invest a significant sum of money into creating a high quality restaurant serving an extensive range of Chinese dishes at low prices.
They hope to open the store in 2013 and if planning is successful minor changes will be made to doors and a new colour scheme for external fascias with high quality furniture and furnishings to be installed. The property is situated on the basement of 8-12 Regent Street although access would be via the two staircases on Lord Street.
The number eight is a significant number in Chinese culture that Managing Director Peter Wu believes will be a lucky omen for both his business and Wrexham.
He said: “The number eight is considered to be a lucky number in Chinese culture because it sounds like the word that means to generate wealth; Pinyin.
“For example, properties that include the number 8 are valued higher by Chinese and it is no coincidence that the Summer Olympics in Beijing started at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8pm (local time) on August 8, 2008!
“Wrexham will be our eighth venue and we hope that this will be a lucky omen for us and the local people.
“We are particularly excited to join a thriving local community that has been transformed in recent years into something of a shoppers paradise yet without losing it’s charm.
“The Monday market is still the largest in North Wales creating a diverse thriving community spirit that we are delighted to be joining.”
The Chinese Buffet was launched in Bolton in 2006, initially as a single restaurant but with the intention of developing into a nationally recognised franchise.
New venues in Wigan, Wakefield, St Helens and now Preston have since followed with Halifax due to open within the next month.
Mr Wu, added: “It is an incredibly exciting time for us as a business, even in these difficult economic times, but we are determined to drive forward because we believe we have a formula that works.
“We set our standards incredibly high and the results are clear, it is worth making the extra effort because the diners return.
“We provide a high quality dining experience in a stylish settings and but keep our profit margins low enough to ensure our customers receive fantastic value for money.
“We aren’t just any Chinese buffet, we are THE Chinese Buffet and are terribly excited about opening our doors in Wrexham.”