THE former post office building in Warrington town centre is set to be turned into a new eaterie.

Golden Square Shopping Centre has announced that Loungers will take up the unit in the Old Fish Market.

The building has been empty for more than a year since the post office moved to WHSmith inside the shopping centre.

And the trend towards increasing leisure activities in the shoping centre with restaurants will continue as Italian wine cafe Veeno has signed a deal to move into the former Officer's Club unit, which is also around the old market.

Veeno has cafes in Chester, Liverpool and Manchester and offers a wide variety of wine, breads, cheeses and cured meat.

It will add to the food units surrounding the old market.

And as reported in last week's Warrington Guardian, Superbowl UK plans to open in the former BHS unit in 2019 after a £1.9 million fit out.

Gavin Ingram, national director with Golden Square real estate firm LaSalle Investment Management, said he was delighted to finally be able to confirm the new arrival.

He added: “We are obviously delighted that Superbowl will be bringing its fantastic family offering to Golden Square and Warrington.

"We work closely with our on-site team and listen to what our customers want at the scheme, and we’re sure that they’ll be thrilled by this newest addition.”

He also said the planned opening of Canadian takeaway giant Tim Hortons, set for later this month, showed that 2017 has been a strong year for the shopping centre.

“This has been a terrific year for us here at Golden Square,” said Gavin.

“We have recently focused on our leisure offering, following on from national restaurant chain Prezzo joining us, Nando’s undertaking a large upsizing and refurbishment earlier in the year and Costa extending its lease agreement.

“The iconic Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons will be opening before Christmas, and we anticipate even more new openings in the coming year as Golden Square continues to underline its status as the region’s number one shopping and leisure destination.”