A much-loved ice cream parlour near Preston has been taken on by Simon Rigby.Advertisement
Bonds of Elswick closed this time last year but the multi-millionaire from Preston has decided to acquire it.
Mr Rigby, now an MBE, is adding it to his entertainment empire which includes the Guild Hall.
Former owner Martin Molloy, 68, announced in December last year that the family favourite would be closing due to retirement.
He had struggled to find a buyer for it – and the building had been heading for demolition.
Mr Rigby said: “I am pleased to be able to keep such an iconic brand alive and continue the Bonds story, welcoming customers old and new.
“I am proud to be associated with a company with such strong family values and traditions and will be working closely with Martin to ensure that we maintain this.”
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Bonds has operated since 1947 and is a popular lunch spot and for families enjoying a trip to the coast is a place to stop off for an ice cream.
Mr Molloy said: “I am delighted that this is not the end of the road for Bonds and that the story can continue for many more years to come.”
The ice cream parlour will be operated by Stephen Hellwell and Louise Shepherd and form part of the Rigby group.
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The restaurant is due to open in the next week and the ice cream parlour and coffee shop is back trading as of today (Friday 1 December).
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