Mansfield Blockbuster to become a restaurant?

Blockbuster, Mansfield.

Blockbuster, Mansfield.

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Plans are in place to transform the closed Blockbusters store in Mansfield into a chain restaurant.

The DVD and games rental shop on Midland Way, next to Portland Retail Park, recently closed after the company went into administration and an application has been put to Mansfield District Council to convert it into a Frankie & Benny’s

restaurant.

Serving up Italian-American cuisine, there are more than 200 of the successful restaurants across Britain, including one on Sutton’s Lakeside Point, off Mansfield Road, which is less than three miles away from the latest proposed

site.

The application comes from London-based firm, The Restaurant Group, and includes approval being

sought for an outdoor area complete with parasols and screening.

A spokesman for The Restaurant Group said the application was at an early stage and they were unable provide details about acquiring the site and how many jobs it will create, if given the green light by

planners in the coming months.

But Mansfield councillor, Kate Allsop, portfolio holder for economic regeneration, said: “I’m very pleased to see this, family entertainment is very important in Mansfield and our town centre.

“To have a Frankie & Benny’s restaurant there would be an ideal spot, especially for people heading through Mansfield.

“They will see it at a prominent position at one of our fantastic retail parks.

“We are always working to attract new businesses to Mansfield.”

Thanks to a combination of factors, including competition from on-line movie rental firms, Blockbuster UK filed for bankruptcy in January, 2013.

Appointing company administrators, it cast doubt over the future of their 528 stores in the country.

Almost 50 were snapped up by supermarket giant, Morrisons.

An announcement was then made that hundreds of stores would close, including Mansfield.