Spalding business premises that closed after a staff member was threatened at knifepoint will have a new lease of life as a bed and breakfast lodge.
Former Royal Mail Cart landlord Paul Browne, the boss of J P Builders, of Woolram Wygate, is converting the three-storey grade 1 listed Elsam Cross Printers at 5 and 6 London Road.
The twin shop style frontage will be retained with new windows going in and restoration to brickwork.
Inside there will be eight en suite letting bedrooms (six singles and two doubles), a manager’s flat, kitchen, dining room and TV lounge/living room area.
Paul and his team have been working on the premises on and off for the last ten months and expect to open the lodge at the end of this month or the beginning of next.
• Elsam Cross shut its Spalding office for good following the attempted robbery at knifepoint in September 2013. It continued to trade from Newton Press at Sutterton.