The owners of a popular Colne takeaway have said they have been “left playing a waiting game” over the future of their established business.
Shahrokh Ghanbari-Saheli and his brother Farokh “Tony” Ghanbari-Saheli have been running Al Palcino’s, in Market Street, for more than 11 years.
But now they feel like they are being “forced out” of their premises, after PEARL, who took over the precinct in July 2013, confirmed they will not be renewing their lease.
This is due to the fact that Tesco Express is set to expand, and because another takeaway will soon be coming to the former Jack Fulton shop, in Market Street. Approval was granted for a Domino’s at the last Colne and District Committee meeting.
Council bosses have insisted that they will help the brothers find another unit in Colne town centre, and that they are “willing to work with them” to reach an agreement.
Shahrokh said: “The whole matter has left me in despair and I am bedazzled with the attitude that Barnfield/PEARL have adopted in wanting me to surrender my lease when I have a recognised business that has been trading for over 11 years, and now I feel that I am being forced out of the premises by them.
“It should be noted that this is my livelihood and the action being taken is greatly unfair and unjust.”
Among other concerns, the owners have also said that they found out about the new takeaway plans via Facebook, as they were not on the consultee list.
The solicitor of the takeaway owners said: “We are not bothered about the competition, but we are aggrieved they are not allowing us to trade in the same precinct. After 11 years is this really fair?”
Responding leader of Pendle Council and chair of the PEARL board Coun. Joe Cooney said: “We have to give Al Palcino’s six months notice to vacate the unit, and we have not started doing that yet.
“We will work with Al Palcino’s to try and find a unit in the town centre, and we will be exploring all options.”