Final farewell to Wimpy as work starts

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The long-awaited work has begun on the former Wimpy restaurant in Spalding that will finally see the removal of the ‘To Let’ signs.

Princebuild Ltd moved into the building in the Market Place on Monday and are expected to be there for another two weeks.

Project manager Martin Hall said: “We are stripping it right back to basics and taking all the old Wimpy stuff out.

“It’s a big project, but an amazing building to work on.”

Once stripped, it is believed the building will be handed over to Lloyds Pharmacy, where another team will fit it out ready for the pharmacy to move in.

The Market Place building has twice been run as a Wimpy by franchisees.

The first business closed in September 2006, with the loss of nine jobs, but the restaurant reopened in September 2009 when a South African-based businessman, Willie Opperman, took over.

Mr Opperman created 25 jobs at the 100-seater, air conditioned restaurant but trade fell off towards the end of 2010 and there were just five employees when it closed its doors.