Shop bid to give town a lift

Plans have been drawn up for a new shopping centre to be built on the site of the Teanlowe Centre in Poulton. View of shops on Breck Road wich may be affected by pedestrianisation

Plans have been drawn up for a new shopping centre to be built on the site of the Teanlowe Centre in Poulton. View of shops on Breck Road wich may be affected by pedestrianisation

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A little slice of the continent will soon be found in Poulton when a new French-themed beauticians and coffee shop opens for business - bringing a shut-down shop unit back to life.

Maison of Beauty, owned by beautician Dawn Wild, is to move into the former Amanda’s Posy Bowl premises, on Breck Road.

The former flower shop has stood empty for around 12 months but Mrs Wild believes her business will be worth the wait and offer something different to the Wyre town.

She said: “I’m turning it into a high class beauty salon and coffee shop serving coffee, cupcakes and sandwiches.

“Poulton needs this and Breck Road needs a lift.

“There was a lot of interest in it being a restaurant but the landlord wanted to keep this feel and she was eager for me to go in there with a beauty salon.

“It’s a shame Poulton seems to be going towards other pubs and restaurants.”

Mrs Wild already runs two businesses of the same name - in Thornton and Kirkham - and moved into the industry following a career as cabin crew member for commercial airlines.

The premises originally consisted of two shops, but the new businesses will be renovated to include three rooms for treatments and a separate cafe.

Jobs are also going to be created by the venture, as management look to employ three people in the cafe and four beauty therapists.

Mrs Wild added: “This is going to be really different and very classy.

“Beauty has always invigorated me and I like everything about it, from meeting the clients to doing the treatments.

“It’s a nice job to be in and I feel there’s a gap in the market for something a little bit different.

“The builders are in their third week of construction and they are coming along quite quickly, so we are hoping to be in there from the second week of July.”

Coun David Henderson, Wyre councillor and lead member for Poulton, said: “It’s absolutely wonderful to see an enterprise and business showing the faith in Poulton that it deserves.”