Empty cafe being offered free of charge to charities

The empty cafe on Market Street, Chorley
The empty cafe on Market Street, Chorley
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New tenants are wanted for this former cafe in Chorley town centre - free of charge.

It is being offered to charities and not-for-profit groups, who could benefit from the empty building on Market Street until a permanent tenant is found.

Milton Keynes-based charity Centric Community Projects is working with the landlord to find an organisation that could use the building.

It works closely with landlords to find temporary tenants for vacant buildings, including shops, offices and industrial properties, and means charities can benefit from the free premises.

The charity looks for tenants for properties around the country and says this is the first time they have had one in Chorley.

Charlotte-Valentine Stone, charity co-ordinator team leader, said: “While the landlord is looking for a paying tenant, we are able to help a charity to gain from it.”

“While the landlord is looking for a paying tenant, we are able to help a charity to gain from it.”

Charlotte-Valentine Stone

Centric Community Projects does work with many different organisations, from large charities like British Heart Foundation and Age UK to smaller local charities.

Several Chorley charities have been approached but so far none have taken up the offer of the free building previously used by Porky’s.

It can be used by either a charity or by a not-for-profit organisation sharing with another not-for-profit or a charity.

They do not have to pay rent, rates or utility bills for the building.

Ideally, Centric Community Projects wants the organisation to use the building as a cafe or shop, but it could also be for storage, meetings, workshops, training, conferences or other uses.

It is not known how long the property will be empty - though some are available for years - and the notice period is just 14 days.

If the charity or not-for-profit organisation is asked to leave within a year, the landlord will give £500 towards the initial clean-up.

Charlotte-Valentine said: “The only catch is you never know how long you have got it for. That’s the only risk.”

To find out more about the property or arrange a viewing, call Charlotte-Valentine on 01908 667750 or go to centricprojects.org.