Plan for ‘1950s diner’ milk­shake and dessert bar launched

Accrington Observer - - NEWS - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

AC­CRING­TON’S first ded­i­cated town cen­tre dessert and milk­shake bar could be set to open.

Busi­ness­man Umar Fa­rooq has un­veiled plans to open a dessert parlour called ‘Swirlz’ at 103 Black­burn Road.

If ap­proved, the 1950s Amer­i­can-themed bar will of­fer eat-in and take­away ser­vices and seat 30 peo­ple in retro four-seater and six-seater booths.

Mr Fa­rooq said the busi­ness will have a ‘pos­i­tive im­pact on the town cen­tre’ and help at­tract more peo­ple into the area.

In plan­ning doc­u­ments sent to the coun­cil, he said: “We are only propos­ing to sell milk­shakes and desserts, with the desserts el­e­ment con­sist­ing of ice-cream, sun­daes, cookie dough, waf­fles and cakes.

“We would also ar­gue that our busi­ness would com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing busi­nesses and is not in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with any of the sur­round­ing busi­nesses as we will not be op­er­at­ing as a tra­di­tional take­away and will only be serv­ing milk­shakes and desserts.

“Milk­shake and dessert bars are in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and are open­ing up and down the UK, with sev­eral in the sur­round­ing towns of Nel­son, Burn­ley and Black­burn as well as Manch­ester.

“While there is another dessert bar in Ac­cring­ton it is not in the town cen­tre and is not an eat-in and in his re­gard we feel our pro­posed devel­op­ment will be unique to both Ac­cring­ton and to the town cen­tre; our shop will in fact be set up as an Amer­i­can 50s-style diner.

“We plan to in­vest a con­sid­er­able amount to make sure the shop is at­trac­tive both in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally and fin­ished to a high spec and will hope­fully en­cour­age other busi­nesses to oc­cupy some of the sur­round­ing va­cant shops.”

Swirlz is aim­ing to open 12noon to 11pm Sun­day to Thurs­day and from 12noon to 12mid­night on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Sha­hed Mah­mood, Hyn­d­burn Cham­ber of Trade pres­i­dent and a Black­burn Road busi­ness owner, said it would be a great ad­di­tion to the town cen­tre and help cre­ate jobs.

He said: “The in­vest­ment in the town cen­tre will be great, and wel­come. It’s bet­ter than an empty or di­lap­i­dated shop.

“Some­thing like that is needed in the town. We don’t have any­thing like a dessert bar. There are cof­fee bars and places that do desserts but noth­ing spe­cific. It will help cre­ate jobs and open another closed shop.”

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