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.