Travelodge to put Spring in Toon’s step

Peterhead's Chapel Street, where the new hotel will be moving into next Spring
Peterhead's Chapel Street, where the new hotel will be moving into next Spring

A Peterhead councillor has said that the opening of a new hotel in the Sping of next year will rejuvenate the town centre.

The budget hotel chain Travelodge will be opening their doors in Buchan in what could bring £2m to the local economy.

Work began on the vacant building on Chapel Street four months ago.

The interior has been cleared out and builders are now at the steel works stage.

It was first announced that they would be open by the end of the year, but Travelodge has confirmed it has been delayed until the Spring of 2016.

Ten new sites were announced across Scotland last year, including Peterhead, as part of an expansion programme.

They believe the 120-room guest house will bring millions of pounds of revenue into the area as well as creating 16 new jobs.

Councillor for Peterhead North and Rattray Alan Gardiner has been liaising with the hotel firm throughout the process.

He commented that while a lot still needs to be done to be ready for a Spring launch, the company has been working hard and that ‘it is all going in the right direction’.

And Cllr Gardiner noted that there is a tradition of brand companies opening branches near new Travelodges.

Discussing the three retail units alongside the Micro Movies newsagent, he said: “The developers have had a couple of enquires about the shops below and we hope to attract some businesses that are new to the town.

“Brands attract brands.”

He was also positive about the aesthetic value that the development would bring to the town centre.

“When the scaffolding is removed, which has been there for years, it will transform the street,” he said.

And Travelodge chief executive Peter Gowers said there were big opportunities to expand in Scotland.

“At present, the value hotel market in Scotland stands at 14% compared to 18% in England and more than 30% in the US.

“By 2030, the budget hotel sector could account for almost a quarter of the UK market, with a similar level of growth expected in Scotland.”

The Vice Chair for the Buchan Area Committee, Councillor Anne Allan said it would be good for the town’s image.

“I am sure the people of the town will be happy to hear about this.

“Thay have put up with the scaffolding on Chapel St for many years and I am sure it will be a boom for the town,” she said.