BINGLEY town centre could be set for a further business boost after a sandwich store revealed its plans to move in.

Subway has applied for signage for a store in the 5 Rise Shopping Centre in Main Street.

The sandwich company’s new outlet would replace the former Myrtle Perk coffee shop, which shut its doors in August last year.

A Subway spokesman said: “The Subway brand can confirm that we are currently in negotiation on a unit in Bingley but cannot share any further details at this time.”

Subway’s move comes after Costa also opened a store in the 5 Rise Shopping Centre earlier this month. The coffee chain turned two empty units in the centre into a cafe with outdoor seating area, which brought eight jobs to the town.

And German supermarket chain Lidl submitted a planning application for a store on the former Bradford & Bingley site, also in Main Street, in July.

A Lidl spokesman said if approved, building work would begin early next year and the store would be open in early 2019.

Subway’s move into Bingley has been backed by business leaders and councillors.

Jamie Illingworth, Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce’s honorary president, said: “It is great to see the shopping centre filling up.

“I think this and the addition of Costa will be a good draw to the town centre.

“That corner of the shopping centre has been unoccupied for some time.

“The occupancy rates in Bingley town centre will be at a all-time high now.”

Councillor David Heseltine (Con, Bingley) said: “It’s good news that another vacant shop has been taken up. Hopefully, obviously, there will be local jobs created within that too.

“The more variety of business we have got the better in Bingley. Roll on Lidl coming here too.

“The new Subway will lead to an increase in footfall in Bingley too. Hopefully it will have a knock-on effect for other businesses in Bingley as well.”

Subway has stores across the district including in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley.