Expanding fish and chip chain Blue Lagoon has acquired its 15th site, having bought Palombo's in Balloch, West Dunbartonshire.
Work begins this week to modernise the site near Loch Lomond, creating a 60 seater restaurant and takeaway in keeping with Blue Lagoon’s tropical beach theme. It is hoped the site will be ready to open around the middle of May in time for what bosses believe should be a busy summer season.
Director Simone Varese says he is excited about the new Balloch branch, adding: ”Palombo’s was a very popular local business which has been around a long time at this site, so we hope that we can keep the local clientele happy while catering for the summer tourist trade at the same time.
“As a business we have always wanted to branch out to the Loch Lomond area, so where better to open than the “gateway to Loch Lomond” itself.
"We are very happy to have had the opportunity to buy such a prominent property within a very popular town.”
Palombo's has been run by Franco and Moya Palombo for 25 years although it was first opened in Alexandria 55 years ago by Franco’s father Eric Palombo.
On the Palombo's Facebook page, the couple said it was “the end of an era for us, our staff and many of our customers”.
They added: “Most of our lives have been spent chatting to locals and visitors from all over the world - we are going to miss everyone a lot.”
Blue Lagoon has nine sites in Glasgow City Centre as well as outlets in Ayr, Largs, Livingstone, Stirling and Perth.