A new restaurant is being built at the Gloucester ski centre in Matson
A NEW two-storey restaurant to seat 120 people is being built in Matson.
The Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre, in Matson Lane, has been granted planning permission for the eatery and it is hoped it will open to the public by the end of 2014.
The centre already has a small cafe, but it is hoped the new development, which also includes outside seating on a raised decking area overlooking the slopes, will attract more people.
Clive Hamilton-Davies, operations director at OpalTec, which bought the centre last May, said: "The improvements will raise the status of the ski centre as a tourist destination.
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"Working in partnership with local schools and businesses, the development will have a positive effect on Gloucester as it will improve the quality of tourist attractions in the area, thus bringing more money and worth into the area."
There will also be a meeting room large enough to accommodate 80 people, the kitchen area will increase to 400 sq ft, and a new cellar area of 400 sq ft will also be created.
"We have seen the potential in the centre and it is trading really well," added Mr Hamilton-Davies.
"We are hoping to start work next year and it should only take three to four months to complete. While work is under way, it will be business as normal for the rest of the centre."
Jean White, centre manager, said: "It is great news for the centre, we are all really excited about it.
" It is quite a large area that is being developed, and it will be great to have a big restaurant here."
More jobs will be created, but it is not known how many.