New Unit Confirmed
You will now be able to find all things tangerine on the high street, with the club agreeing to take tenancy of a unit in Houndshill Shopping Centre.
The unit, which is located near Superdrug and on a walkway leading to Victoria Street, will now undergo a rapid overhaul with a view to being officially opened in early November. It is the club's intention to sell both match tickets (home only) and merchandise in the store.
The tenancy will last an initial six-month trial period, in which time club officials can establish whether the unit is financially viable.
Speaking about the venture, Head of Retail Richard Wild said: "The large influx of tourists into the town every year and the popularity of the club means we feel strongly that an additional unit in Houndshill Shopping Centre will prove popular.
"At present tourists in Blackpool have to come somewhat off the beaten track to buy merchandise, book tickets or arrange a ground tour, and we want to make it easier for them to do all of this by having a presence in town. The same principle applies to local people as well; the easier we can make it for all concerned, the better it should be.
"We have spoken to the owners of Houndshill for several years but for various reasons we have never been able to get anything off the ground. Fortunately this has now changed and we are very much looking forward to getting the unit up and running."
Ticket Office Manager Sarah Nibloe added: "We receive a huge amount of requests for tickets from tourists for every home game. We are firmly of the opinion that the more opportunities and venues we have to sell tickets, the better it will be for our attendances. A lot of people who are on The Fylde Coast for a short period are interested in coming to Bloomfield Road and we hope this additional sales point will make things easier for them to buy tickets."