Long-established shop will be cafe

Ben Gilkes (who is marketing the property) outsode of the empty Marsdens shop which is up for sale.
Ben Gilkes (who is marketing the property) outsode of the empty Marsdens shop which is up for sale.

One of Chorley’s longest-established shops will re-open as a cafe and tea room.

The former Marsden’s of Chorley Ltd on Chapel Street has been given permission to change its usage, spelling a final end to the Marsden name in the town.

The butchers, bakers and charcutiers closed suddenly in May last year.

It had traded in the town for more than a century.

The shop has now been empty for almost a year and agent Peter Gilkes applied for the change of usage.

It is hoped the change of use will breathe new life into the empty unit and attract shoppers to the town, but it is now yet known who will take on the site now it has been agreed.

In planning documents to Chorley Council, Peter Gilkes said: “The proposal will bring a use to the premises which is likely to be profitable and viable, therefore ensuring survival in terms of bearing the costs to repair and maintain the structure.

“It is to be borne in mind that the previous owners were a long established family firm who had operated from the premises for decades and unfortunately had to cease trading.

“It will be an attraction and add to the vitality of this part of the town.”

Reuben Marsden, which had shops in Pall Mall, Bolton Street, Chapel Street and Spendmore Lane in Coppull in its heyday, first ran into financial difficulty in 2008.

However it was hoped the Chapel Street shop would be able to continue the Reuben Marsden dynasty under Marsden’s of Chorley, but customers found it closed suddenly over the May Bank Holiday in 2011.