BUILDING work has begun on the 450-seater JD Wetherspoon pub, The Court Leet, in Ormskirk town centre.
Contractors are transforming the former Best DIY store into the pub chain’s first venture in Ormskirk.
According to the Wetherspoon's website the pub is due to open on April 15 this year.
A spokesman for the chain has said that the exact opening date is yet to be confirmed but the new venue will definitely open before the end of July 2014.
The development is expected to cost £1.5m and up to 50 jobs will be created at the site on Wheatsheaf Walk, behind Burscough Street.
The pub opening hours are still to be confirmed but the council granted a licence last May which will enable the firm to sell alcohol between 8am and 12am Sunday to Wednesday and 8am to 1am Thursday to Saturday.
The pub will feature a 3,477sq ft customer area catering for up to 450 people on the ground floor, a kitchen, back-of- house accommodation and a cellar.
A beer garden is also planned to be created in an outdoor first floor area.
The interior of will be completely renovated, while at the same time still retaining the character of the building, the developer says.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We have been very keen to open a pub in Ormskirk for a number of years and are delighted that this is now coming to fruition.
“We believe that it will be an asset to the town and that people will welcome the investment and jobs.
“Hopefully it will also act as a catalyst for other companies to invest.”
JD Wetherspoon has twice been turned down when trying to open in the town but a council spokesman said in January 2013 that planning permission was granted this time because the borough planner was satisfied that the development complied with planning policies, as it would not have a detrimental impact on the vitality and viability of Ormskirk town centre.