A Blackpool entrepreneur has handed over the reins of his latest venture as he plans a series of franchises.
Stephen Pierre, who owns live music venue the Galleon Bar, launched his cafe business The Galleon Coffee Shop in Topping Street in April.
Now the shop, which has a vintage, showbiz style and a gallery upstairs showing Blackpool’s entertainment history, has done so well he has decided to take a step back and franchise the operation so he can concentrate on other projects and has handed it over to Cory Hailstone.
Stephen said: “We opened a closed down former greasy spoon type cafe and have built up a great customer base.
“The duty manager Cory has worked extremely hard over the past seven months and is now an investor in The Galleon Brand.”
He said that Cory will take over the going concern on Monday, December 15, and will continue its ethos of using local suppliers wherever possible to support Fylde businesses.
Stephen said: “I am a strong believer in small business enterprise and Blackpool desperately needs new private investment. Cory, a former Palatine School pupil, decided he wanted to become a chef. He attended Blackpool and the Fylde College and did a three-year NVQ course in Catering and Hospitality. He gained levels one, two and three.
He says that attending college and being inspired by his tutors was the best thing that could have happened for him.
He added: “I have plans to open a second Galleon Coffee shop. A shop of this size and turnover suits a hands-on occupier/operator.
“I was raised in this area of Blackpool and, since the closure of the Talbot bus station 10 years ago, this end of town has suffered from a number of failed business and vacant retail units.
“Nonetheless, Topping Street benefits from a number of longstanding reputable businesses such as Ron Reddy butchers, The Salad Bowl grocers and The John Anthoney hair salon.
Cory agreed: “We have worked with our neighbouring traders and gained a network of year-round valued customers.
“It’s a nice little retail area now with a community. We all support each other.
“This is a great opportunity for me. I am only 22 and to get the chance to run my own business is very exciting. Business has picked up, Stephen has been very helpful and I am not at all worried.”