Red Lion Quarter food centre in cost-cutting plan

The body behind a new £6.5m food centre in Lincolnshire has said it must make savings to ensure the centre's future.

The Red Lion Quarter in Spalding, which opened in April, aims to promote the local food industry and boost the town.

But since then the manager has left, shops units are still empty and staff have been asked for savings ideas.

The Community Interest Company (CIC) which runs the building said it was a testing time and it was looking at a range of efficiency measures.

Full support

The project was backed by the county and South Holland District councils, the East Midlands Development Agency, Lincolnshire Enterprise and Boston College.

As well as shop units and a food hall, the building has office space and facilities for further education groups.

The CIC issued a statement saying: "This is a testing time in which to launch a new business and the company is facing wider economic pressures to which the board must respond.

"In view of this, a range of further efficiency measures are being considered to ensure that it has a sustainable future."

It also pointed out that students were due to move into their facilities within the building shortly.

A spokesman for South Holland District Council said: "The council understands the difficulty in establishing a new business and is fully supportive of the steps being taken by the company that runs the Red Lion Quarter to reduce its costs."

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