Beauty salon to move into former Chorley McDonald’s site

For rent: The redeveloped retail site at Market Street, Chorley

For rent: The redeveloped retail site at Market Street, Chorley

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A former town centre landmark site is set to welcome its latest new occupants.

Plans for Flame Nails and Beauty to move into the former McDonald’s restaurant site, in Market Street, are set to get the go ahead at Chorley Council’s Development Control Committee meeting on Tuesday.

The site, which turned into an eyesore for more than a decade, was transformed into three retail units and a kiosk with the council spending £350,000.

To date, only Bubble ‘n’ Shake occupy the kiosk and late last year, calls were made to the council by angry residents who demanded answers as to why the remaining units were empty.

Chorley Council said that ongoing road works in Market Street impacted the sale of the units.

But now with Flame Nails and Beauty moving in, the council hope the other two units can be filled.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s great news that finally one of the McDonald’s units can be filled, we do have three businesses interested in the other two units.

“I think more interest is coming now all the work on the Asda site has been completed, the council wanted to improve the southern end of Market Street and we want people to spend time in the town centre.

“The building had been derelict for more than 10 years and as a council we took action, Bubble ‘n’ shake is doing well and now as each unit is filled it will help support the town and the surrounding shops.”

Flame currently occupy a shop on Market Street and bosses at the popular beauty store, which has been in the town centre for eight years, have cited business reasons for the move.

Becky Slater, owner of Flame Nails and Beauty, added: “The move is to help improve my business, the new unit will be much bigger and nicer.

“It will give us a much bigger massage parlour and we want to start offering more treatments, I have quite a few loyal customers and it’s nice for them to be in somewhere new.

“We haven’t yet identified a date for the contractors to move in and start work.”