Halifax’s newest pub is now open in the Broad Street Plaza and has created 40 full and part time jobs.
The Wetherspoons outlet was named “The Percy Shaw” after a competition in the Halifax Courier.
He lived in Boothtown, Halifax, and became one of the district’s best-known sons after inventing “Cat’s Eyes.”
And, it was a pub which sparked his idea and led him to fame and fortune.
It was on a foggy night on his way home from a pub that Percy saw a cat on the edge of the road and that inspired his invention.
Glenda said: “Percy enjoyed a pint and had he not needed to get to the pub regularly, whatever the weather, he might never have invented Cat’s Eyes,” she said.
“So, I am sure that we would have been very pleased about having a pub named after him, and I can only say on behalf of the family how appropriate it is.”
Hundreds of people are now working at the Broad Street Plaza and a new Mexican restaurant, Chimichanga, opened yesterday creating another 25 jobs.
It is estimated that the whole complex will eventually employ about 400 people.
Other businesses now trading at Broad Street include Vue Cinema, Frankie and Benny’s, Nando’s TGI Friday’s, Harvester, Pizza Express, Pure Gymn and the Premier Inn Hotel.