Clothes shop plan for Clitheroe pub

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A town centre pub that has been closed in Clitheroe for more than two years could soon reopen as a FatFace shop if plans are approved by council chiefs.

The designer clothes and accessories chain has submitted plans for The Victoria pub, Market Place, to Ribble Valley Borough Council.

The pub has stood empty and boarded up since December 2011 after the pub licence was revoked by the borough council’s licensing committee.

The action came after children as young as 15 were continuously being served with alcohol. Officers visited the pub on numerous occasions and found children drinking pints of lager and vodka.

Enterprise Inns sold the pub in September last year to Trevor Wildman from Pendleton.

The plans are to alter or extend the pub, which is a listed building, and change its use to retail. They include the redecoration of the shop front and internal cosmetic works.

FatFace is a lifestyle clothing and accessories retailer, based in the UK.

Having started in 1988 as a business selling T-shirts and sweatshirts in the Alps, it is now one of the UK’s most recognised multi-channel retail brands stocking a wide range of womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, footwear, and accessories, all designed in-house at its headquarters in Havant, Hampshire.

There are currently more than 200 FatFace stores in the UK and Ireland. A spokesperson from FatFace failed to comment on the plans.