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Drive-thru American diner on the menu for Lurgan as exciting plans for former Centrepoint approved

Exciting plans to bring life back to the site of the former – and famous – Centrepoint leisure complex in Lurgan have been recommended for approval.

A new drive-thru American Diner is on the menu for the Portadown Road site.

Such is the excitement from locals, there have been no objections, with many keen to see a return of past glories.

The Centrepoint complex was only sold in January, when Brian McCrory handed over the keys after more than 40 years at the helm.

And while these plans for a new diner are not in the complex itself, they sit adjacent to it fronting on to the Portadown Road site.

The USA theme – following the departure of the much-missed Hollywood Bar and LA Niteclub – could return to Centrepoint as the proposals indicate an American style diner with a throwback to the golden age.

They indicate a diner, complete with traditional bar-like counter and seating, as well as tables and chairs. In all, architects’ drawings indicate premises with seating for 40 customers, as well as toilet provision.

The kitchen sits to the rear which also opens on to a drive-thru hatch.

The site at present is described currently as an “entertainment complex and vacant land”.

The new diner – according to the plans by Newry-based Gray Design – would boast floorspace in excess of 1,400 sq ft.

Drive-thru plans for former Centrepoint in Lurgan

Drive-thru plans for former Centrepoint in Lurgan

And, in addition to the drive-thru lane, the facility, which would create a number of jobs, would offer a total of 39 car parking spaces for customers.

There have been several applications for similar facilities at this site over the past decade and, while approval was granted, none materialised.

The approval is set to be rubber-stamped in the coming days.

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