The new multimillion pound leisure development being built on Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile is set to open in time for Easter 2019, according to the man behind it.
Albert Jones, owner of the resort’s Pleasure Beach amusement park, said the first phase of the £35m The Edge project was almost complete and work had already begun of phase two.
The first stage will see the addition of an 81-room Premier Inn and Beefeater restaurant just south of the Pleasure Beach.
Jones told local press: “Building work will be finished at the end of February to be open for Easter.
“We are now working on the second phase, the cinema and other restaurants. But we will need a bit of time to get our breath back and concentrate on getting this ticking over.”
The second phase of the development will see the building of a cinema with eight screens, five chain restaurants and an indoor play area on a site of over 18,000sq/ft.
Outline planning permission for that, as well as a third phase that includes a 25,000sq/ft casino and a multi-storey carpark, was granted last summer.
When it opens, The Edge is expected to create hundreds of new jobs at the resort, and Jones hopes it will provide a boost for existing businesses on and around the Golden Mile.
Whitbread, the operator of the Beefeater and Premier Inn brands, said the two new businesses alone would create 70 local jobs.
Overall, it is thought that around 300 full and part-time jobs will be generated, with Jones saying that these would be permanent, rather than seasonal positions.