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Ribble Valley family firm plans expansion to ‘secure business for the future’

Lancashire Telegraph: Mandy and Mark Paul have plans to expand family firm Hudson’s Ices Mandy and Mark Paul have plans to expand family firm Hudson’s Ices

AN historic ice cream shop in the Ribble Valley is bidding to expand the business ‘to secure it for future generations of the family’.

The owners of Hudson’s Ices in Chatburn have applied to the borough council to change the use of their private lounge to a cafe at the site in Downham Road.

The shop opened as a butchers in 1913 but has been serving up fresh ice cream for 76 years, using the machinery installed at the end of the Second World War.

Owner Mandy Paul said that the idea of opening a cafe had been mooted by their customers for some time.

She said: “We are keeping our fingers crossed that it is approved.

“So many people have been asking us about this and everyone thinks that it’s a great idea.

“It will help secure the future of the business for future generations of the family.

“It’s a great way to expand the business.

“Since our daughter moved out we have had more room and we used to use it as a bit of a store room instead of a lounge.”

Residents and the parish council have been given until Friday, July 4, to register their opinions on the application with the borough council.

In a statement to the borough council, owner Mark Paul said: “Our current property is a homemade ice cream shop and we wish to propose a change of use on the property to compliment our current established local business.

“The development would see our living room and shop area become a single room with a new doorway.

“This single space would allow us to continue the traditional use of this building as a local business by offering customers a seated area whilst enjoying our current wares.”

“The change of use would not see the current business change dramatically but it would allow customers to sit in and enjoy our goods, especially in winter.”

The application is set to be discussed by the borough council in the coming weeks.

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5:42pm Fri 20 Jun 14

brossen99 says...

When it was owned by the original Hudson family they never had to advertise and get their name in the paper regularly to run a sustainable business and converting the living room will wreck the shop for any potential new owner family with kids living there in future. All the locals I know agree that the ice cream has never been as good since the Hudson family retired, now it has water ice crystals in it when the original Hudson's when it was pure cream and a deeper yellow and sold itself on its reputation by word of mouth from regular customers ?
When it was owned by the original Hudson family they never had to advertise and get their name in the paper regularly to run a sustainable business and converting the living room will wreck the shop for any potential new owner family with kids living there in future. All the locals I know agree that the ice cream has never been as good since the Hudson family retired, now it has water ice crystals in it when the original Hudson's when it was pure cream and a deeper yellow and sold itself on its reputation by word of mouth from regular customers ? brossen99
  • Score: -8

11:25pm Fri 20 Jun 14

greenscreener says...

brossen99 wrote:
When it was owned by the original Hudson family they never had to advertise and get their name in the paper regularly to run a sustainable business and converting the living room will wreck the shop for any potential new owner family with kids living there in future. All the locals I know agree that the ice cream has never been as good since the Hudson family retired, now it has water ice crystals in it when the original Hudson's when it was pure cream and a deeper yellow and sold itself on its reputation by word of mouth from regular customers ?
Is that actually a question, you appear to be just having a moan ?
[quote][p][bold]brossen99[/bold] wrote: When it was owned by the original Hudson family they never had to advertise and get their name in the paper regularly to run a sustainable business and converting the living room will wreck the shop for any potential new owner family with kids living there in future. All the locals I know agree that the ice cream has never been as good since the Hudson family retired, now it has water ice crystals in it when the original Hudson's when it was pure cream and a deeper yellow and sold itself on its reputation by word of mouth from regular customers ?[/p][/quote]Is that actually a question, you appear to be just having a moan ? greenscreener
  • Score: 9

2:00pm Sat 21 Jun 14

juanbbien says...

The Hudsons ice cream was always to cold
The Hudsons ice cream was always to cold juanbbien
  • Score: -6

6:14pm Sun 22 Jun 14

pwitch says...

Great idea to have a ice-cream cafe on the premises. I do hope they get it passed. We always call in there when we are going near Chatburn.
Great idea to have a ice-cream cafe on the premises. I do hope they get it passed. We always call in there when we are going near Chatburn. pwitch
  • Score: 0

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