A popular fish and chip business in Darwen is up for sale as the owner’s heart pacemaker could interfere with the on-site electronics.

Owners of London Terrace Chippy in Darwen made the announcement yesterday and said they will be closed for a few weeks this month and that the business has been placed on the market.

Adam McGregor, who owns the chip shop said he is “gutted” to have to list it for sale adding that it “wouldn’t even be a discussion if it wasn’t for the health problems.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Adam McGregor with his son, Ethan, in London Terrace Chippy in DarwenAdam McGregor with his son, Ethan, in London Terrace Chippy in Darwen

Mr McGregor, 37, said it is down to the pacemaker and defibrillator which he is getting fitted next week.

He explained: “Once fitted this sadly means I cannot work in the chippy any more due to electrical interference from some of the equipment, that would be expensive to replace or rectify.

“I cannot be within around four feet of electromagnetic motors and also have to be careful around older electronics; the electromagnetic interference can trigger it or make it not work properly.”

Mr McGregor added that the frying range is around 60 years old, with old fashioned wiring, and that the potato peeler and chipping machine both use electric motors as well meaning he “can’t even work behind the scenes”.

He explained: “To purchase a new range starts at around £30,000, which is prohibitively expensive.”

Adam and his parnter, Sarah Delaney, have been running the chippy for two years now and Mr McGregor will be sad to let it go.

Lancashire Telegraph: Adam, partner Sarah Delaney, son Ethan, and dog, Hugo.Adam, partner Sarah Delaney, son Ethan, and dog, Hugo.

He explained: “I started my first business in a trade I love, made it through a pandemic, built a great trade, made a lot of friends.

“Then around six months ago, out of the blue, I fainted twice .

“I wasn’t going to even go to the doctors but my fiancée, made me.

“Thankfully, I did and they found a few issues with my heart which can be rectified with a pacemaker and implantable defibrillator."

While it will be open this week as normal, London Terrace Chippy will be closed for around two or three weeks after this and the owners “can’t confirm” the exact date they will be open.

Adam will be going under the scalpel on November 26 and his partner, Sarah, will keep frying until they receive a suitable offer.

Mr McGregor explained: “If we don’t receive an offer, the chippy will still be open and frying up tasty treats for you all.”

The business has an asking price of £30,000 which includes all of the stock and equipment.

However, Adam is open to counter offers and is encouraging anyone interested to get in touch via the company’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/darwenchippy/ .

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