FORTES ice cream is returning to Rhyl as the latest tenant of the Marina Quay.

The award-winning ice cream company is expanding into the town with it's new 'Batch' concept store, which is due to open in a unit next to Greggs this Easter.

The company is currently on site after signing and fitting out the unit after signing a lease with developers Scarborough Internal Properties Limited (SIP).

Speaking on behalf of the company, David Forte said: "We're returning to Rhyl after operating our previous cafe in the 1960s because we've seen a fantastic opportunity for us to extend our business with the new concept Batch store.

"Rhyl is an ideal location, with a large population and plenty of tourist trade in the summer months.

"We also really feel that with all the great regeneration in Rhyl, there's so much going on there now - especially with all the developments around the Marina Quay like the Premier Inn and SC2 that will complement what we're doing.

"We're very much throwing our weight behind the regeneration of Rhyl."

The new Batch brand will stock more than 60 flavours of ice cream, as well as adding a variety of new deserts including waffles, crepes, cookie dough and ice cream cakes.

Mr Forte added: "Everyone knows us as a small, traditional family company, but we are have decided to call the shop Batch to reflect the extension of our range into a more quirky concept store.

" It's still in the very early stages, but we hope to open in time for Easter and we are very excited to see what the people of Rhyl think about Batch."

The new store will join existing tenants The Range, Farmfoods and Rhyl's new Aldi supermarket, which is currently under construction.

Jack Abou-Jaoude, development manager of SIP, said: “We are very pleased to have secured the new letting with Batch as the deal brings us one step closer to creating an exciting retail and leisure destination at Marina Quay.

"We are delighted to have a local business on board as it complements our strategy to provide local jobs and shops in order to meet the needs of the increasing population of Rhyl and the surrounding area.

"We look forward to announcing additional deals at Marina Quay in due course.”