Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford sells his salon to Asian food store

Echo: Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford sells his salon to Asian food store Celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford sells his salon to Asian food store

A SPECIALIST Asian food shop is set to be opened in Leigh after celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford sold his salon.

Mr Stafford closed the salon in London Road, where his chain began, in 2010, and did consider re-opening it as a training school.

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However, the idea never came to fruition and now the building will be turned into a specialist Asian food shop.

New owner Kobir Hussain, who owns other food stores including Foods of Asia in London Road, Westcliff, said: “This is what we feel Leigh needs.

“Lots of people are into cooking these days and we’ll be able to provide people with specialist and exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.

“People will be able to source items from the Asian continent, including China, Korea, Thailand, India and the Philippines.”

It is expected work to remodel the building will take a couple of months to complete.

Mr Stafford now concentrates on his product range, and said he was sad to lose his connection with the property.

After a brief spell in the Kings Road, Chelsea, and some time in the US, Lee returned to the UK and his home town of Leigh.

He described himself as “cutting his teeth” at the London Road salon, and also cut his first head of hair there.

Mr Stafford said: “All good things come to an end. It was a long time coming, but we got there in the end.”

Estate agent Gerard Biagioni, from Dedman Gray Property Consultants, said: “Lee is happy to see a local businessman has the confidence to develop the property and take good care of it.”

The building at the corner of Elmsleigh Drive went on the market for £420,000.

“It is not known how much it sold for."

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7:59am Tue 17 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Great news, i use the store in Westcliff so a bigger better one round the corner will be great.....although theres ZERO parking(reckon Waitrose carpark will get busier), luckily i can make use of me legs.
Great news, i use the store in Westcliff so a bigger better one round the corner will be great.....although theres ZERO parking(reckon Waitrose carpark will get busier), luckily i can make use of me legs. DogsMessInLeigh

8:19am Tue 17 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

I use the westcliff stores, and parksons in southend.... it is good news as there is really nothing like those stores in leigh...... it will be interesting to see if prices are consistent or 'tweaked' to reflect 'leigh affluence' ?
I use the westcliff stores, and parksons in southend.... it is good news as there is really nothing like those stores in leigh...... it will be interesting to see if prices are consistent or 'tweaked' to reflect 'leigh affluence' ? pembury53

8:29am Tue 17 Dec 13

Britanniaman says...

well at least it is not going to be an Asian Mosque.
well at least it is not going to be an Asian Mosque. Britanniaman

9:01am Tue 17 Dec 13

Britanniaman says...

That's what i was told it was going to be and due to the size of building i thought maybe . Thought i say that as my comment was a bit fascist if that's the right word.
That's what i was told it was going to be and due to the size of building i thought maybe . Thought i say that as my comment was a bit fascist if that's the right word. Britanniaman

9:46am Tue 17 Dec 13

Sweet P says...

Lee's first shop was in London Road Hadleigh next to Pontons Newsagents!
Lee's first shop was in London Road Hadleigh next to Pontons Newsagents! Sweet P

11:49am Tue 17 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

It would have ended up being an Indian restaurant or a similar establishment so I'm not surprised by this ..
It would have ended up being an Indian restaurant or a similar establishment so I'm not surprised by this .. InTheKnowOk

11:58am Tue 17 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

pembury53 wrote:
I use the westcliff stores, and parksons in southend.... it is good news as there is really nothing like those stores in leigh...... it will be interesting to see if prices are consistent or 'tweaked' to reflect 'leigh affluence' ?
Prices will be high to pay for the ludicrous amount of rent, which is probably why the previous owner couldn't make a go of it ..
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: I use the westcliff stores, and parksons in southend.... it is good news as there is really nothing like those stores in leigh...... it will be interesting to see if prices are consistent or 'tweaked' to reflect 'leigh affluence' ?[/p][/quote]Prices will be high to pay for the ludicrous amount of rent, which is probably why the previous owner couldn't make a go of it .. InTheKnowOk

1:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

pembury53 says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
pembury53 wrote: I use the westcliff stores, and parksons in southend.... it is good news as there is really nothing like those stores in leigh...... it will be interesting to see if prices are consistent or 'tweaked' to reflect 'leigh affluence' ?
Prices will be high to pay for the ludicrous amount of rent, which is probably why the previous owner couldn't make a go of it ..
fair point that, although given the price staffords charged to have yer barnett trimmed may have had more to do with it...
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: I use the westcliff stores, and parksons in southend.... it is good news as there is really nothing like those stores in leigh...... it will be interesting to see if prices are consistent or 'tweaked' to reflect 'leigh affluence' ?[/p][/quote]Prices will be high to pay for the ludicrous amount of rent, which is probably why the previous owner couldn't make a go of it ..[/p][/quote]fair point that, although given the price staffords charged to have yer barnett trimmed may have had more to do with it... pembury53

3:51pm Tue 17 Dec 13

leighman says...

Britanniaman wrote:
well at least it is not going to be an Asian Mosque.
That'll be upstairs!

Hopefully this new concern won't follow the lead of the other establishments in Westcliff
by having crates of produce strewn all over the pavement. Also it's very handy for 'Le Raj' and 'Qmin' to stock up if they run a bit short!
[quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: well at least it is not going to be an Asian Mosque.[/p][/quote]That'll be upstairs! Hopefully this new concern won't follow the lead of the other establishments in Westcliff by having crates of produce strewn all over the pavement. Also it's very handy for 'Le Raj' and 'Qmin' to stock up if they run a bit short! leighman

4:04pm Tue 17 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

leighman wrote:
Britanniaman wrote:
well at least it is not going to be an Asian Mosque.
That'll be upstairs!

Hopefully this new concern won't follow the lead of the other establishments in Westcliff
by having crates of produce strewn all over the pavement. Also it's very handy for 'Le Raj' and 'Qmin' to stock up if they run a bit short!
a bit like the broadway area then.....many places make use of the pavement, theres one in particular near to the post office thats left a couple of feet of pavement for people to walk on...so kind..
[quote][p][bold]leighman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Britanniaman[/bold] wrote: well at least it is not going to be an Asian Mosque.[/p][/quote]That'll be upstairs! Hopefully this new concern won't follow the lead of the other establishments in Westcliff by having crates of produce strewn all over the pavement. Also it's very handy for 'Le Raj' and 'Qmin' to stock up if they run a bit short![/p][/quote]a bit like the broadway area then.....many places make use of the pavement, theres one in particular near to the post office thats left a couple of feet of pavement for people to walk on...so kind.. DogsMessInLeigh

5:12pm Tue 17 Dec 13

whateverhappened says...

these shops really are the only places to get a decent advacado or plantin or even a yam or two.
these shops really are the only places to get a decent advacado or plantin or even a yam or two. whateverhappened

6:31pm Tue 17 Dec 13

ciscosquid says...

Sweet P wrote:
Lee's first shop was in London Road Hadleigh next to Pontons Newsagents!
why downvote when it is true. Late 80's.
Incidentally he was a lying tosser then - wonder if a leopard changes it's spots?
[quote][p][bold]Sweet P[/bold] wrote: Lee's first shop was in London Road Hadleigh next to Pontons Newsagents![/p][/quote]why downvote when it is true. Late 80's. Incidentally he was a lying tosser then - wonder if a leopard changes it's spots? ciscosquid

7:27am Wed 18 Dec 13

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Celebrity hairdresser, my foot !!!!
Celebrity hairdresser, my foot !!!! CHRISTMAS CAROL

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