A EUROPEAN-style chip shop could bring a different brand of fast-food to Bolton’s high street.

It comes after new company Fork in Chips sent a planning application to Bolton Council which says it aims to use the town as a “launch pad” for its UK operations.

The shop would serve chips with a range of toppings, sauces and seasonings, which the company says adds up to a possible 250 different flavours.

The application refers to the former Thomas Cook unit on the corner of Market Street and Corporation Street, opposite the Market Place shopping, which has remained empty for almost two years.

If granted, Fork in Chips says it will employ around 10 members of staff to work in the store in a range of part-time and full time roles.

In a statement submitted with the application, a representative from the company said: “The Fork in Chips brand is a new concept in the UK, it brings a product born out of the Belgium-Holland borders.

“A restaurant concept of triple fried frites (chips) that are fluffy on the inside & crispy on the outside.

“These unique frites (chips) are then served with an accompaniment of seasonings & sauces, mixed in or on top, delivering the diner with over 250 variant flavours.”

In addition to the initial application - which aims to change the use of the unit from retail to a hot-food takeaway or restaurant - there is also a second application for two signs outside the store.

Fork in Chips says Bolton town centre has been chosen for its first UK store because of its “traditional architectural buildings, street markets & demographics”, as well as a “strong traditional English heritage”.

However, the company says this would be just the first of several shops as it expands across the country, with plans for a second site in Loughborough, Leicestershire already in the works.

The Bolton application has been delegated to council officers for a decision, which is expected to return by the end of May.