A Leyland mum has been forced to close her business for good after crippling business rates and rents developed into a mountain of debt.
Amanda Calwell ran Peek-a-Brew on Hough Lane for just over a year, until admitting that high costs meant she could no longer stay in the town centre.
“We had just built up so much debt after being on Hough Lane”Amanda Calwell
Last summer, she relocated to a base in the Talbot Road Industrial Estate, in the hope that lower overheads would give her one last chance to continue doing her dream job.
But she has now closed altogether, saying: “We had just built up so much debt after being on Hough Lane, we’re still paying it off.
“We thought we could afford to operate from the new out-of-town premise and pay off our debts, but it was just a knock-on effect and it just got too much.”
She added: “We were having to make £2,000 a month just to pay our costs, and people in Leyland don’t want to be paying £4 for a coffee.
“I put so much into it, I was at work all the time, and I just want to spend some time with my family now.”
After Peek-a-Brew closed, a discount home ware shop opened for a short time, but the store has been vacant for a few months.
Plans are now in place for it to re-open as a coffee shop.
Amanda said: “I still believe that if people can put the time in, it can work, and I do hope it works out for them.”
Tara Watson, who is on track to open Aroma’s Coffee Room and Patisserie in the next few weeks, said: “I don’t know if we’ll have the same problems, but we really want to give it a go.
“I’ll be making my own bread and croissants, which is something a bit different for Leyland, so I think it will be more upmarket.”