Fresh start as business moves into new space

. Amanda, Leon, Emily and Will Calwell outside Peek-a-Brew in Leyland
. Amanda, Leon, Emily and Will Calwell outside Peek-a-Brew in Leyland

Plans for a popular Leyland cafe to move out of the town centre and reopen elsewhere have taken a step forward.

Peekabrew, which opened in the former Bean Drinking shop in Hough Lane in April last year, closed down in June with owner Amanda Calwell blaming the ‘killer’ town centre business rates.

When she closed the cafe, she was unsure if she would be able to set up the business somewhere else, but she has now been granted planning permission by South Ribble Council to open in an industrial estate.

Peekabrew will reopen at the Chandler Business Park in Talbot Road, and Amanda hopes to be up and running sometime next month.

“It was all a bit up in the air,” she said. “My customers were really upset about us moving out of the town centre, but we just couldn’t afford to stay there.

“We had some really loyal customers, and I’m afraid we will lose those people now, but we’re hoping to attract new customers.

“We’re right next to the Tracey Rigby dance school, so I think it will be a great place for parents to come when their children are doing dance classes.

“At the moment, I think a lot of them go home during the classes, but it would be lovely for them to come in for a drink or some lunch and socialise.”

Mum-of-two Amanda set up Peekabrew as a hub for mums and dads to visit whilst children were allowed to play, and also welcomed community groups and clubs to use the space as a meeting point, which she hopes can continue at the new cafe.

“We were always really busy in the summer months,” she added. “We do ice creams and slushies and smoothies, so business was never a problem for us.

“But I really don’t think there’s much reason to go into Leyland town centre in the winter.

“We were at the stage where we had to make the decision to close altogether, or move out of the town centre.

“After everything we’d put into the business, we had to keep trying, so we’re giving it once last chance.”

A discount shop is set to open in the Hough Lane spot.