Preston businessman’s bid to transform childhood laundrette into …
The founder of a major utilities company in Preston has set his sights on a disused laundrette in the hopes of turning into a chippy.
Michael Patel who owns Sapphire Utility Solution (SUS) says he has invested millions into various sites along one main road in the city. Blackpool Road acts a direct route in and out of Preston.
The main road which takes motorists onto nearby motorways and A-roads is littered with a variety of local businesses. Mr Patel and his company have acquired much of the road’s land over the years including an old laundrette.
Plans have been submitted into Preston City Council for the facility on 25 Blackpool Road. The laundrette which neighbours a security facility has been out of use for years.
Now the Preston developer hopes to breathe some lie back into the building with a foodie transformation. Plans outline his proposal for a single storey extension and the change of use of an existing laundrette to a hot food takeaway.
It’s also stated that the current site comprises a vacant laundrette on the ground floor with accommodation on the upper floors. Plans for the new chip include the retention of apartments, in keeping with SUS’s aim to provide housing and amenities in Preston.
Mr Patel told LancsLive, the old laundrette, while a business venture for him now, was once a facility he used regularly as a child. “It brings back old memories that laundrette does from when I was a kid,” he said.
“When I was about four or five I used to go in with my sisters, taking my mum’s washing so it does bring back memories for me.”
Plans for the former laundrette include a single storey extension to the side of the building. While plans do not yet revealed the design of the chip shop, it is hoped that it will help to increase jobs in the area.
Mr Patel added: “We want to get the building back to use. We’ve invested a lot of money down that side of Blackpool Road. This will being jobs to the area and with the apartments, we can continue to bring housing for people too. We want to invest in the area with it being a main street off of Preston.
“Once we finish the building development there’ll be something decent to look at as you come into Preston.”
Due to the proposed chip shop being located on the edge of 400m boundary of a primary school, Mr Patel and his team have stated in the plans that the proposal does not need to be restricted to an opening of 5pm.