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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Building work that could change the face of Millom town centre has now been put into action

BUILDING work that could change the face of Millom town centre has now been put into action.

Manchester-based firm, David Ibrahim Ltd, purchased the former Co-op building in Wellington Street, Millom, weeks ago.

Now, following lots of interest and, Mr Ibrahim claims, businesses ready to buy, his company has hired local contractors to start renovating the building.

He said: “We’ve hired local workers D and M Ross who are based in Millom.

“Work has now started and we’re preparing the shop fronts.

“It may take a couple of months, as the building was left unused for some time.

“We’ve got quite a few people interested, and we have a few ready to sign up: a Poundland, a launderette, a butcher and a flower shop.”

The site has eight retail units on offer altogether.

With four looking like they will be taken, Mr Ibrahim has hopes for the others.

He said: “There is the possibility of a restaurant and we will be looking to develop some offices as well.

“There are not many big shops in Millom. That’s why I want to work with Poundland to try and bring one in.”

Many people believe the new work could signify a positive change for Millom town centre.

Councillor Fee Wilson has hopes that Wellington Street will return to being the busy, thriving street it used to be.

She said: “I think it is long overdue a facelift. It would be a very good thing for Millom to start attracting new business. Being from Millom myself, I remember the street back when it was thriving.

“I’m very grateful for the companies and businesses that have invested in the town over the years.

“I hope this new work will improve the street and start attracting new people to the shopping in the town.”

Mr Ibrahim, who described the purchase of the old Co-op as a “big opportunity”, said he hoped that the new shops would bring more business into the area.

He would not disclose the price he paid to buy the building, but it was put on the market for £250,000 in March last year.

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this is great news for the people of Millom and surrounding areas, i would also like to see a Aldi as many people are finding it hard on the prices of local shops already here and i beleive Aldi prices are far better value for your money

Posted by Denise McKellar on 16 March 2014 at 14:11

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