Two vacant shops in Leyland’s high street are set to get a new lease of life next month - as two successful business women are moving in.
The former Bean Drinking and Peek-a-Brew shop, and the old Taste food bar on Hough Lane have been scouted by ambitious entrepreneurs who want to bring something new to the town centre.
Laura Broome already has a children’s clothing shop called Bow Peep in Longton, and had a pop-up shop in Leyland over Christmas.
“We opened a shop further down Hough Lane to get rid of some sale stock for three months,” she explained.
“When we left, everyone was asking if we would be coming back.
“We had a unit in Heskin Hall but with people saying they really liked it when we were in Leyland, we decided to look at moving to the town centre.
“We’re closing the one in Heskin Hall and transferring the staff across.
“I think people will be glad to see us back, and filling an empty shop.”
Laura Jayne’s will be opening in early April, which will be followed soon after by a new coffee shop and patisserie further down the road.
Tara Watson wants to open a Starbucks-style cafe called Aroma’s Coffee Room and Patisserie.
“I know it’s been a coffee shop before, but I really think I can make a good go of this,” she said.
“We’re going to make homemade bread and sandwiches, as well as croissants and cakes.
“I want it to be like Starbucks or Costa.
“I’ve lived in Leyland for 14 years now and I wanted somewhere nice to meet my friends, so I decided to look into it myself.
“My sister runs a coffee shop down south and I run a business with my husband, so I have some experience.”
Tara and her husband Aaron run Meats of the World, a mobile catering business which goes to food festivals and markets with unusual meats such as kangaroo, crocodile and antelope.
Tara added: “I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and my youngest children are at high school now, so the time is right.
“I’m a good grafter, and Leyland needs something like this.”
Tara’s daughter, Elle, will be starting on Runshaw College’s catering course in September, and will also be working at the cafe.