A POPULAR ice cream firm is set to establish roots in Tameside by taking on a visitor centre’s former café.
The building that housed the Stables at Ashton’s Park Bridge is currently on the market, with tenants having to pay rent of about £6,000 a year.
The Correspondent has learned an offer on the property has been made, with Saddleworth-based Grandpa Greene’s likely to take it on.
Part of a stable block to the former iron works, Tameside Council has marketed the property.
Described as ‘self-contained premises that extend over two floors, with kitchen, dining area, WC, office and storerooms to the ground floor and additional rooms/offices, plus bathroom, and large store room to the first floor’, it could even be extended if it stays as a café.
The documents reveal: “There is a covered outdoor seating area and rights to further outdoor seating areas both immediately outside the café and on a cobbled area overlooking the river.”
The Stables was returned to Tameside Council in June last year at the end of a lease.
And documents reveal the authority is keen to bring Grandpa Greene’s in, with them stating: “The proposed new lease will bring the property back into use, transfer much of the liability to the tenant and generate a revenue income for the authority.
“The council would generate a revenue income from the asset. The incoming tenant would also be responsible for the council’s legal and surveyors’ fees in completing the agreement.”