School uniform shop relocates to former Burnley pub

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One of Burnley’s longest established shops is re-locating to a former popular town centre pub.

Moonline, suppliers of school uniform in the area for almost 30 years, is to open for business this week in Standish Street in the former Carlton Hotel, a popular pub in the 1970s and 80s. A regular haunt for punk rockers in the 70s, the pub was also a popular music venue before closing down in 2008.

In 2010 a planning application to transform the prominent building into a fish and chip restaurant was made to Burnley Council. But the plan never came to fruition and the building went back on the market and became an eyesore. Renovation work on the empty and neglected building has been going on for a year since the owners of Moonline, Mohammed and Janet Aslam, bought the premises for an undisclosed sum.

Mrs Aslam said: “We missed out when the building sold last year but we got another chance when that sale fell through.

“We have wanted to move to town centre premises for a while and this seemed like the perfect place.’’

The couple, who started trading around local markets in 1985, opened their first shop in Colne Road in 1992. They plan to keep that shop open for the forseeable future. Last year they opened a stall in Burnley Market Hall but that has now closed.