Proprietor Mr Junaid Ali (right) with his son . They are currently re-fitting the store at the junction of High St and Plassey St and converting it into a hairdressing salon

The former corner newsagents and convenience store at the junction of High St and Plassey St is to become what’s believed to be Penarth’s first Muslim barber-shop.

The premises were originally those of Patrick’s News and Off Licence but have been closed for almost 6 years .

The shop is now being re-fitted as a hairdressing salon by Mr Junaid Ali and his family who already have an established barbershop in Clare Road, Grangetown, Cardiff.

The name of the new business is to be “Quadir Hair Design” – a name which the Ali family says is derived from the Muslim religion. In Arabic “Quadir” is said to mean “strong”.

When Patrick’s News and Off Licence closed in 2014, its former proprietors – Mike and Priya Patel – had suffered two robberies. In January 2012 –  a gang of 25 men entered their shop and stole gold and jewellery worth over £30,000. In 2014 came a second incident in which Priya Patel, who was serving behind the counter, was threatened by a man wielding an iron bar. They closed the shop shortly afterwards.

Although there were later plans to establish a launderette on the premises, that scheme was subsequently dropped.

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  1. penarthblog says:

    Good luck with the new enterprise.

  2. Fiona Whitfield says:

    Good Luck , its an eye sore at moment be good to have another shop here.

  3. Local Eye says:

    I’ll give it a go once it’s open.

  4. Amahl Johnson says:

    Now what about our mosque at St Paul’s Church. How can we establish our caliphate in Penarth without a mosque? We have clearly become the superior British race. After all, Saddiq the mayor of your capital city is a Moslem. Allahu Ahkbar

  5. Taxpayer says:

    As if we need another Barber’s regardless of there religion.And we don’t need a mosque in our town.

    • David Wilton says:

      Taxpayer – the silly comments above about a Mosque are just somebody stirring up hatred. The St Pauls building was sold by the Council to a housing association for much-needed housing for people on low income/retired. The plans are already well developed.
      I would say that even though there are no plans form the Muslim community for a Mosque – isn’t it entirely up to them? if they did build one somewhere, you don’t have to go to it. I view the Masonic Lodge, Jehovah Witness, Bowls clubs and Golf Clubs of equally no interest to me but it’s up to individuals. None of them impact my life.

      • Taxpayer says:

        Was for the people st Paul’s church, just like the Billy banks !for the People! Where did that money go?not for the people of the Penarth!keeping the kids busy from hanging about the town,just like when I grew up!and help me become the person I am today!

    • Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

      Amost every town and city in the UK has at lease one mosque, except Penarth, and most of them have Sharia law courts and practice polygamy. Why not in the streets surrounding St Paul’s Mosque?

      “In 2011, UK’s Muslims began demanding that Sharia law replace British common law and become the only law in towns with large Muslim populations, including Birmingham, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets, an East London Muslim enclave whose streets are already plastered with posters declaring, “You are entering a Sharia controlled zone: Islamic rules enforced” (below) and where Muslim imams have issued death threats to women who refuse to wear the Hijab (see Quran and Taharrush).”

  6. snoggerdog says:

    i think amahl is right,hes just a bit previous, they wont have to superior or inferior, they will be the largest population, as bob dylan once sang “you dont need a weatherman to tell you which way the winds blowing” (be missing before superior)

  7. Chris David says:

    Yes Mr Wilton but the list of organisations you mention at subject to normal planning- (well as normal as roughshod Goldsworthy will allow) regulations, standard restrictions etc. If Mr Foster is even near correct then we have to worry….don’t we. Impact! Hmmm. And who’s stirring up hatred? Lets have some balance- fairness- openness and truth. not just the PC guilt trip some peddle.

  8. Max Wallis says:

    Wasn’t Wilton/Plaid supposed to be supporting St Pauls for community facilities?
    Why say it’s been “sold” when the Council’s secret deal proposes to give it away with a dowry of £250k (upped to £300k or more) to Newydd Housing Assn. on condition of including 3 community rooms (still shown not to be ‘viable’). Even though Crest Nicholson’s S.106 funds are for community facilities “in the vicinity” of Penarth Heights – Taxpayer note – divert the remaining £800k approx to other parts of St Augustines ward is the hidden agenda. In fact, Newydd’s plans are in trouble, as they now propose to delete the footway on Chapel Lane, in response to the Town council and residents’ objection that footways are needed on both sides.

  9. FairsFair says:

    I really don’t get the significance of the pavement in Chapel ‘Lane’. Whenever I’ve seen people using it as a short cut they always seem to walk on the road and not the highly esteemed pavement! Should all other ‘lanes’ in Penarth have pavements laid?

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